The Fleming are a Germanic people group who speak Western Flemish, a Dutch dialect. They are the largest people group in Belgium, a country that came into being in the first half of the nineteenth century when they broke away from the Netherlands. The Flemish language and people are native to Flanders in northern Belgium. The Flemish live in other countries as well as Belgium. Most of these countries are in Western Europe, but there are exceptions.
There are Flemish speakers in northern France. This is a cultural ecotone between French and Germanic languages.
Married couples among the Flemish often have small businesses. The number of divorces has increased. The Flemish tend to want to get to know someone on a personal basis before entering into a business agreement. For example, they will often ask about a potential client’s family life. The Flemish have a strong work ethic, and they consider it a matter of honor to work hard.
The Flemish enjoy fish and shellfish. They also enjoy a flavorful beef stew called Carbonade flamande or stoofvlees.
The Fleming are usually Roman Catholics, but few attend mass regularly. Many have given up on spiritual matters and consider themselves agnostics or atheists.
The Flemish people need to put Christ first in their lives.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to revive the Flemish church in France, leading them to make disciples who will make more disciples.
Pray that the Flemish will find secularism empty and destructive, clearing the path for spiritual refreshment.
Pray for spiritual hunger and a discernment that will keep them away from spiritual counterfeits.
Pray for the Lord to raise up Flemish Christ followers who will take the name of Christ to the nations.
Scripture Prayers for the Flemish in France.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Flemish|
|People Name in Country||Flemish|
|Alternate Names||Belgian; Belgian-Fleming|
|Population this Country||15,000|
|Population all Countries||5,733,000|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
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|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Nord-Pas-de-Calais region: Dunkerque area and southeast to Belgium border. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: West Flemish
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