Two Flemish merchants left an imprint on the history of the Portuguese island of Madeira that is still visible today.
The Dutch had a big influence on the cultural, linguistic and physical landscape of countries surrounding the Baltic Sea.
It is strange how the Flemish media and government use the word vreemd, a word with connotations such as 'foreign', 'deviant', 'unusual'.
Over the centuries, many Dutch people have contributed to Asian culture and society in various ways.
When you travel to West Wales you might end up in 'Little Flanders', once the home of 'brave and robust hard workers'.