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Full nameZeeland
Native name langnl
Settlement typeProvince
AnthemZeeuws volkslied
Queen's CommissionerKarla Peijs
Total Area690.2 sq mi (1788 km2)
Water Area442.4 sq mi (1146 km2)
Area rank10th
Total Population380186 (11th) (2006)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (10th) (0/sq mi)
Other information
ISO 3166 codeNL-ZE
Religion (2005)Protestant 30%
Catholic 20%
Muslim 1.5%


Native NameGraafschap Zeeland
Conventional Long NameCounty of Zeeland
Common NameZeeland
RegionLow Countries
EraMiddle Ages
EmpireHoly Roman Empire
Government TypeMonarchy
|year Start1299
Year End1581
|event StartPersonal union with
 County of Holland
Date Start
Event EndFoundation of
 United Provinces
Date End
26 July 1581
Event1Joined Burgundian
Date Event1
Event2Habsburg Seventeen
 Provinces founded
Date Event2
P1County of Holland
P2County of Flanders
S1Dutch Republic
Flag S1Prinsenvlag.svg

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Zeeland -nlˈzeːlɐnt239 Zeeland.ogg, also called Zealand in English, is the westernmost province of the Netherlands. The province, located in the south-west of the country, consists of a number of islands (hence its name, meaning "sea-land") and a strip bordering Belgium. Its capital is Middelburg. With a population of about 380,000, its area is about 2930 km2, of which almost 1140 km2 is water. Large parts of Zeeland are below sea level. The last great flooding of the area was in 1953. Tourism is an important economic activity. Its beaches make it a popular holiday destination in the summer. Most tourists are Germans. In some areas, the population can be two to four times higher during high summer season. The coat of arms of Zeeland shows a lion half-emerged from water, and the text "luctor et emergo" (Latin for "I struggle and I emerge"). The Pacific nation of New Zealand is named after Zeeland.

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