Theme Week Zeeland

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States of Zeeland in a former abbey in Middelburg © Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0

States of Zeeland in a former abbey in Middelburg © Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0

Zeeland is the westernmost and least populous province of the Netherlands. The province, located in the south-west of the country, borders North Brabant to the east, South Holland to the north, and the country of Belgium to the south and west. It consists of a number of islands and peninsulas (hence its name, meaning “Sealand”) and a strip bordering the Flemish provinces of East and West Flanders. Its capital is Middelburg with a population of 48,544 as of November 2019, the largest municipality in Zeeland is Terneuzen (pop. 54,589). Zeeland has two seaports: Vlissingen and Terneuzen. Its area is 2,934 square kilometres (1,130 sq mi), of which 1,151 square kilometres (440 sq mi) is water, and it has a population of around 380,000. Zeeland consists of several islands and peninsulas. These are, from north to south, Schouwen-Duiveland, Tholen, Noord-Beveland, Walcheren and Zuid-Beveland. It also includes a strip of land bordering the Belgian region of Flanders, the Zeelandic Flanders.

Large parts of Zeeland are below sea level. The last great flooding of the area was in 1953. Tourism is an important economic activity. In the summer, its beaches make it a popular destination for tourists, especially German tourists. In some areas, the population can be two to four times higher during the 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 emerge”). The country of New Zealand was named after Zeeland after it was sighted by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman.

© Hikerbiker/cc-by-sa-4.0 States of Zeeland in a former abbey in Middelburg © Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0 © flickr.com - Sebastian We/cc-by-2.0 © flickr.com - Sebastian We/cc-by-2.0 © Hikerbiker/cc-by-sa-4.0 North-eastern section of Oosterscheldekering © Luka Peternel/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Hikerbiker/cc-by-sa-4.0
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States of Zeeland in a former abbey in Middelburg © Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0
The province of Zeeland is a large river delta situated at the mouth of several major rivers, namely Scheldt (‘Schelde’), Rhine (‘Rijn’) and Meuse (‘Maas’). Most of the province lies below sea level and was reclaimed from the sea by inhabitants over time. What used to be a muddy landscape, flooding at high tide and reappearing at low tide, became a series of small man-made hills that stayed dry at all times. The people of the province would later connect the hills by creating dikes, which led to a chain of dry land that later grew into bigger islands and gave the province its current shape. The shape of the islands has changed over time at the hands of both people and nature.

The North Sea flood of 1953 inundated vast amounts of land that were only partially reclaimed. The subsequent construction of the Delta Works also changed the face of the province. The infrastructure, although very distinct by the number of bridges, tunnels and dams, has not shaped the geography of the province so much as the geography of the province has shaped its infrastructure. The dams, tunnels and bridges that are currently a vital part of the province’s road system were constructed over the span of decades and came to replace old ferry lines. The final touch to this process came in 2003 when the Western Scheldt Tunnel was opened. It was the first solid connection between both banks of the Western Scheldt and ended the era of water separating the islands and peninsulas of Zeeland.

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