Meuse–Rhine Euroregion

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Meuse–Rhine Euregion
Administrative seatEupen, Belgium
TypeEuroregion
Membership
Establishment1976
Area
• Total
11,000 km2 (4,200 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
3,900,000
Map of the Meuse-Rhine Euregion showing the Region of Aachen (red); the southern part of Dutch Limburg (blue); Belgian Limburg (light green); Liège Province (mid-green); and the German-speaking Community of Belgium (dark green).

The Meuse–Rhine Euroregion (Dutch: Euregio Maas–Rijn [øːˈreːɣijoː ˌmaːsˈrɛin], French: Eurorégion Meuse–Rhin, German: Euregio Maas–Rhein [ɔʏˈʁeːɡi̯o ˌmaːsˈʁaɪn], Limburgish: Euregio Maas–Rien [øːˈʁeːɣijoː ˌmaːsˈʁiːn]) is a Euroregion created in 1976, with judicial status achieved in 1991. It comprises 11.000 km² and has around 3.9 million inhabitants around the city-corridor of AachenMaastrichtHasseltLiège. The seat of the region has been in Eupen, Belgium since 1 January 2007. Within a wider context, the region is part of what is called the Blue Banana European urbanisation corridor.

Governmental areas[edit]

The Meuse–Rhine Euregion comprises:

Languages[edit]

The official languages of the three countries involved in the Euregion are Dutch (in Belgium and the Netherlands), French (in Belgium) and German (in Belgium and Germany). Regional languages are also spoken namely Limburgish (which is recognised as a regional language in Dutch Limburg), Ripuarian and Walloon. The intra-cultural aspect of the Limburgish and Ripuarian is that they are spoken on both sides of the border. Limburgish, although only recognised as such in The Netherlands, is also spoken in Belgian Limburg and North Rhine-Westphalia. Ripuarian is also spoken on both sides of the Dutch/German-border, but with the extra trait of having the same variant spoken on both sides of the border.

In daily life, one rarely makes a distinction between Limburgish and Ripuarian. The latter language hardly enjoys any recognition by people who speak it. The dialects of both linguistic groups change gradually from village to village, and the overlap from Limburgish dialects to Ripuarian dialects is hard to pin-point. Moreover, Ripuarian-speakers in Dutch Limburg generally consider their dialects to be part of the Limburgish language, not the Ripuarian one. On the other hand, Ripuarian-speakers on the German side of the border rarely use the term "Ripuarian" and generally refer to it as Plat(t), a term that is also used by Limburgish-speakers for their own mother-tongue.

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