West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen ˌʋɛst ˈflaːndərə(n); West Vloandern; (Province de) Flandre-Occidentale flɑ̃dʁ ɔksidɑ̃tal; Westflandern ˈvɛstˌflandɐn) is the westernmost province of the Flemish Region, in Belgium. It is the only coastal Belgian province, facing the North Sea to the northwest. It has land borders with the Dutch province of Zeeland to the northeast, the Flemish province of East Flanders to the east, the Walloon province of Hainaut in the south and the French department of Nord to the west. Its capital is Bruges (Brugge). Other important cities are Kortrijk in the south and Ostend (Oostende) on the coast, Roeselare and Ypres (Ieper). The province has an area of which is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) containing 64 municipalities.
As of January 2019, West Flanders has a population of 1,195,796.
The North Sea coast of Belgium, an important tourism destination, lies in West Flanders. A tram line runs the length of the coast, from De Panne on t