Flemish people

The Flemish or Flemings (Dutch: Vlamingen [ˈvlaːmɪŋə(n)] (listen)) are a Germanic ethnic group native to Flanders, Belgium, who speak Flemish Dutch.[5][6][7][8][9] They are one of two principal ethnic groups in Belgium, the other being the French-speaking Walloons. Flemish people make up the majority of the Belgian population, at about 60%.

Flemings
Vlamingen
Flag of Flanders the symbol of the Flemish people.
Flemish Community in Belgium and Europe
Total population
c. 7 million
(2011 estimate)
Regions with significant populations
 Belgium (Flanders)6,450,765[1]
 United StatesIndeterminable[a]
(352,630 Belgians)[2]
 France187,750[3]
 Canada13,840–176,615[b][4]
 South Africa55,200[3]
 Australia15,130[3]
 Brazil6,000[3]
Languages
Dutch (Flemish Dutch)
Religion
Roman Catholic majority
Protestant,[lower-alpha 1] Jewish, irreligious and (since the 2nd half of the 20th century) Muslim minorities
Related ethnic groups
Walloons

^a U.S. population census does not differentiate between Belgians and Flemish, therefore the number of the latter is unknown. Flemish people might also indiscriminately identify as Dutch, due to their close association, shared history, language and cultural heritage. There were as many as 4.27 million Dutch Americans, unknown percentage of which might be Flemings.
^b In 2011, 13,840 respondents stated Flemish ethnic origin. Another 176,615 reported Belgian. See List of Canadians by ethnicity

"Flemish" was historically a geographical term, as all inhabitants of the medieval County of Flanders in modern-day Belgium, France, and the Netherlands were referred to as "Flemings", irrespective of their ethnicity or language.[10] The contemporary region of Flanders comprises a part of this historical county, as well as parts of the medieval duchy of Brabant and the medieval county of Loon, where the modern Flemish ethnic group and culture gradually formed.


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