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Nieuwpoort or Nieuport (both: nēˈŏpôrt) [key], town (1991 pop. 9,572), West Flanders prov., W Belgium, on the North Sea at the mouth of the Yser River. It is a fishing port, an industrial center, and a beach resort. The site of a strong fortress, Nieuwpoort suffered heavily in the many wars of the Low Countries and was almost completely destroyed by the Germans in World War I.

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