Liberals and nationalists popular among Flemings abroad

The Flemish liberal party Open VLD gained the most votes in two of the five provinces among Flemings living abroad that cast their votes in today’s federal elections. Meanwhile Flemish expats opting to vote in the Limburg, West Flanders and Antwerp constituencies opted for Bart De Wever’s Flemish nationalists in greater numbers than for Gwendolyn Ruttens’ Open VLD.

East Flanders

Of those Flemish expats casting their votes in East Flanders 25.5% voted liberal, 21.3% nationalist, 18.1% green, 14.2% Christian democrat, 10.2% socialist and just 5.3% for the far-right Vlaams Belang.

Flemish Brabant

Flemish expats voting in Flemish Brabant too voted in big numbers for the liberals. Open VLD received 26.9% of the vote.

Second was the Flemish nationalist N-VA on 19% followed by the greens on 14.6%, the Christian democrats on 14.2% and the socialists on 10.2%. The far-right Vlaams Belang polled just 3.2% among expats voters voting in Flemish Brabant.


24.3% of Limburg expats voted nationalist, 20.2% liberal, 18.1% Christian democrat, 14.2% socialist, 12.3% green and 5.5% for the far right Vlaams Belang.

West Flanders

Meanwhile, it was more or less neck to neck between the nationalists (22%) and the liberals (21.6%) among Flemish expats opting to vote in the West Flanders constituency.

The greens came in third (19.4%); the Christian democrats were fourth (16.6%), the socialist fifth (10.6%) and the far-right Vlaams Belang last with 5.6%.


28.1% of Flemish expats voting in the Antwerp constituency voted nationalist, 23.3% liberal, 16.5% green, 11.3% Christian democrat, 10.1% socialist and 5.2% for the far-right Vlaams Belang.