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Waddinxveen

Waddinxveen
Municipality
Vertical-lift bridge over the Gouwe in Waddinxveen
Vertical-lift bridge over the Gouwe in Waddinxveen
Flag of Waddinxveen
Flag
Coat of arms of Waddinxveen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Waddinxveen in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates:
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Bert Cremers (PvdA)
Area[2]
 • Total 29.40 km2 (11.35 sq mi)
 • Land 27.90 km2 (10.77 sq mi)
 • Water 1.50 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Elevation[3] −2 m (−7 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 25,555
 • Density 916/km2 (2,370/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Waddinxvener
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 2740–2743
Area code 0182
Website .nl.waddinxveenwww
Dutch Topographic map of Waddinxveen, July 2013

Waddinxveen (Dutch pronunciation: ) is a town and municipality along the Gouwe river in the western Netherlands in the province of South Holland near Gouda. The municipality had a population of 25,555 in 2014 and covers an area of 29.40 km2 (11.35 sq mi) of which 1.50 km2 (0.58 sq mi) is water.

In Waddinxveen, there's the so-called 'Vergeten Plek' (Dutch for 'Forgotten Place'). This is the lowest place in the Dutch polders. It's 7.01 meters below Amsterdam Ordnance Datum.

Partner city of Waddinxveen is Pelhřimov in the Czech Republic.

History

The first reference to the area is from 1233, when on April 20, Floris IV, Count of Holland, sold an area of peat lands along the Gouwe River for 200 Dutch pounds to Nicolas of Gnepwijk, Lord of Aalsmeer and Woubrecht. The area was given the name "Waddinxvene". Because of this event, Waddinxveen celebrated its 750-year anniversary in 1983.

Between 1817 and 1870, Waddinxveen was dissolved and its area split into the municipalities of Noord-Waddinxveen and Zuid-Waddinxveen.[5] Due to further expanding, those two municipalities reunited into one.

Born in Waddinxveen

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References

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  5. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006, p. 191 (Online edition)
  6. ^ http://members.casema.nl/stamesko/dutchpainters.htm

External links

  • Official website
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