In the 21st century, Vlissingen (in English also called: Flushing) is a modern city with an old centre. At a short distance from the city there is the business and dock area of Vlissingen-Terneuzen, which, after Rotterdam and Amsterdam, is the third port of The Netherlands. Vlissingen has 45,000 inhabitants, and together with the Municipality of Middelburg forms the urban district of Vlissingen/Middelburg, with 90,000 inhabitants; this is the urban and economic heart of Zeeland.
Vlissingen is a maritime city on the estuary of the Western Scheldt, near the entrance to the North Sea. The villages of Oost-Souburg and Ritthem are also part of the municipality. The city owes its charm, structure, character and appeal to its situation on the sea. It therefore is a lively seaside and tourist resort with unique boulevards and attractive beaches.
The atmosphere in Vlissingen is determined partly by the shipping movements and piloting on the roadstead right in front of the boulevards, the activities in the docks, the presence of shipping companies and the yachts in the medieval fishing harbour. But also the Arsenaal complex with its attractions, the shopping mall and the constant play of wind, water and weather... All this sets a salty stamp on Vlissingen.