Living and working in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is a treat. I have been experiencing that since 2000. In that year I ended up in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. First for a few years as mayor of Axel and then for more than 19 years as mayor of Hulst, the most Flemish town in the Netherlands. I immediately felt at home here, near the border. We live on the border, and we do everything on the border. The Flemish influence is not only noticeable in the exuberant way of living in Hulst, but also in the mentality of the people of Hulst. People are tolerant and let each other do their own thing and have fun. It is lovely to be here. 

Since moving to Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, I have often spoken to people who are also taking the same step; the step to living unlimitedly in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. What I heard was almost always the same: What a beautiful place, loads of possibilities!  

The Western Scheldt separates us from the rest of the Netherlands and when we turn around, we see Flanders within a stone’s throw. Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is focused on Flanders, but at the same time it is part of the province of Zeeland. That is its strength. What is also a strength is that we happily live together in our 'own little region’. Together with each other – in the broadest sense of the word - and together with our neighbours.  

For the past few years, I had the honour of being chairman of OnbegrensdZeeuwsVlaanderen. In it, doing things together was the main focus. I enjoyed it. Just as I still enjoy living in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. So, I will continue to do so. 

I hope we will continue to benefit from living in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. Take advantage of the great location, the beautiful area, the lovely people and the unlimited possibilities! Take advantage of a formidable life here and enjoy the freedom! 

Jan-Frans Mulder 
Former chairman of OnbegrensdZeeuwsVlaanderen