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French and Flemish place names


The list below provides the French and Flemish names of some of the more important towns in Belgium where the difference may cause confusion. The official name comes first, the alternative afterwards, except in the case of Brussels where both languages are of equal standing.


Bruxelles – Brussel

Ath – Aat

Liège – Luik

Mons – Bergen

Namur – Namen

Nivelles – Nijvel

Soignies – Zinnik

Tournai – Doornik


Antwerpen – Anvers

Brugge – Bruges

De Haan – Le Coq

Gent – Gand

Ieper – Ypres

Kortrijk – Courtrai

Leuven – Louvain

Mechelen – Malines

Oostende – Ostende

Oudenaarde – Audenarde

Ronse – Renaix

Sint Truiden – St-Trond

Tienen – Tirlemont

Tongeren – Tongres

Veurne – Furnes

Zoutleeuw – Léau

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