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Capital: Middelburg
Largest city: Middelburg (Largest municipality in surface is Terneuzen)
Population: Over 380.000 inhabitants



The province of Zeeland has a surface of over 293.000 hectare (land and water). Hereof 143.800 is for agricultural use, 2.500 hectare is forrest, 8.700 hectare is nature area, 11.110 hectare is build on, 13.200 is in use for industry, traffic and recreation and 114.000 hectare is water.


The highest governmental body in Zeeland is the Provincial Council, the provincial house of representatives. The representatives of the provincial house choose a daily board, the executive Council. The provincial government is situated in the medieval Abbey of Middelburg. The province is divided in 13 municipalities which are each governed by their own mayor and city council.

The 13 municipalities are: Borsele, Goes, Hulst, Kapelle, Middelburg, Noord-Beveland, Schouwen-Duiveland, Sluis, Terneuzen, Tholen, Veere, and Vlissingen.

(The municipality is after the national government and the province (there are 12 provinces in the Netherlands) the smallest indipendent governing body in the Dutch form of government. In the Netherlands there are in total around 500 municipalities)
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The economy of Zeeland changed from agriculture to an industrial economy in the 1960th onwards by the further development of harbour and industrial areas. Now the statistics show that the majority (around 70%) of the inhabitants work in services, more then 20% work in the industry and less then 10 % in agriculture and fishing.

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is well aware that cross-boarder problems like climate change, environmental problems and sustainable energy supply can not be solved on national or regional level. Solutions ask for a transnational approach. As a region, which is very sensitive for climate change because it is situated below sea level and which has the second large emission of CO2 in the Netherlands, supporting ways to diminish carbon emissions is necessary.


We believe that the key to a sustainable economy is in information sharing and open communication about best practice in our regions. This project will help us in building a European network of regions where economy is transforming into a low carbon economy.

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