Loon op Zand

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Loon op Zand
Kaatsheuvel molen De Eendragt.jpg
Windmill in Kaatsheuvel
Flag of Loon op Zand.svg
Flag
Loon op Zand-wapen.svg
Coat of arms
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Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°40′N5°2′E / 51.667°N 5.033°E / 51.667; 5.033 Coordinates: 51°40′N5°2′E / 51.667°N 5.033°E / 51.667; 5.033
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government
[1]
  Body Municipal council
   Mayor Hanne van Aart (VVD)
Area
[2]
  Total50.71 km2 (19.58 sq mi)
  Land50.15 km2 (19.36 sq mi)
  Water0.56 km2 (0.22 sq mi)
Elevation
[3]
5 m (16 ft)
Population
 (January 2019) [4]
  Total23,327
  Density465/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
5170–5176
Area code 013, 0416
Website www.loonopzand.nl
Loon op Zand, sculpture in the street Loon op Zand, sculptuur Doctor van Kesselstraat-Kerkstraat foto6 2015-08-13 16.45.jpg
Loon op Zand, sculpture in the street

Loon op Zand (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈloːn ɔp ˈsɑnt] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) [5] is a municipality and a village in the southern Netherlands. It had a population of 23,327 in 2019.

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Population centres

Topography

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Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Loon op Zand, June 2015.

Kaatsheuvel

Kaatsheuvel is the location of the amusement park Efteling.

Loon op Zand

The charter from 1269 that loans the land from John I, Duke of Brabant to Willem van Horne. Namesake of Loon op Zand. Akte van Belening van Loon op Zand.jpg
The charter from 1269 that loans the land from John I, Duke of Brabant to Willem van Horne. Namesake of Loon op Zand.

Loon op Zand is the oldest village of the municipality. Somewhere around the year 1000, this village was founded in a very wet and swampy area. There was also a lot of drift-sand whose origin, according to geological experts, dates back to the last ice age. As of this moment, Loon op Zand has the biggest driftsand area in all of western Europe. The presence of this driftsand explains the name of Loon op Zand. It means Village build on sand. Historically, the presence of this driftsand has caused the relocation of the village on several times. Hinerland farmers build many sandy embankments or levies to protect their land against the ceaseless drifting sand.

For 200 years, Loon op Zand and Kaatsheuvel were the centre of the leather tanning and shoe manufacturing industry of the region. There were a lot of factories; most of these were in people's backyards. There were some big shoe manufacturers like Van Lier. This world-famous shoe brand originated in Loon op Zand. Just prior to the new millennium, Van Lier abandoned their factory in Loon op Zand and moved to a bigger factory in Breda.

Notable people

Jacqueline Govaert, 2005 Jacqueline Govaert Krezip.jpg
Jacqueline Govaert, 2005

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References

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  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
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  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. Zand in isolation: [ˈzɑnt] .
  6. IMDb Database retrieved 26 November 2019