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Bruges

Bruges
NameBruges  
Brugge  
PictureBruggewasser.jpg
Picture-legendA canal in Bruges
Map-legendLocation of Bruges in West Flanders
ArmsBrugge-wapen.jpg
FlagBruggeVlag.gif
Region 
Community 
Province 
ArrondissementBruges
Nis31005
Pyramid-date1 January 2006
0-1920.57
20-6459.34
6520.09
Foreigners3.52
Foreigners-date1 January 2007
MayorPatrick Moenaert (CD&V)
MajorityCD&V, N-VA, SP.A-Spirit, VLD
Postal-codes8000, 8200, 8310, 8380
Telephone-area050
Webwww.brugge.be
Lat Deg51
Lat Min13
Lon Deg3
Lon Min14

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Bruges (c-eniconˈbruːʒ in English; , -nlˈbrʏʝə, , -frˈbʁy:ʒ, , -deˈbrʏgə) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country.

The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is oval-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. The area of the whole city amounts to more than 13,840 hectares, including 1,075 hectares off the coast, at Zeebrugge (meaning "Brugge aan Zee" or "Bruges on Sea"). The city's total population is 117,073 (1 January 2008), of which around 20,000 live in the historic centre. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 616 km2 and has a total of 255,844 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008.

Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North".

Bruges has a significant economic importance thanks to its port. At one time, it was the "chief commercial city" of the world.


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