Werkendam

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Werkendam
Former Municipality
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Countryside in Werkendam
Werkendam vlag.svg
Flag
Werkendam wapen.svg
Coat of arms
Map - NL - Municipality code 0870 (2009).svg
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°48′N4°54′E / 51.800°N 4.900°E / 51.800; 4.900 Coordinates: 51°48′N4°54′E / 51.800°N 4.900°E / 51.800; 4.900
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government
[1]
  Body Municipal council
   Mayor Yves de Boer (acting) (VVD)
Area
[2]
  Total121.76 km2 (47.01 sq mi)
  Land104.57 km2 (40.37 sq mi)
  Water17.19 km2 (6.64 sq mi)
Elevation
[3]
0 m (0 ft)
Population
 (August 2017) [4]
  Total26,940
  Density258/km2 (670/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Werkendammer
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
4250–4255, 4270–4273
Area code 0183
Website www.werkendam.nl

Werkendam ( Loudspeaker.svg pronunciation  ) is a town and a former municipality in the southern Netherlands. The municipality, part of Land van Heusden en Altena, contained a large part of De Biesbosch area as is located in the province of North Brabant. On January 1sth 2019 it joined Woudrichem and Aalburg in the new municipality of Altena.

Town settlement that is bigger than a village but smaller than a city

A town is a human settlement. Towns are generally larger than villages but smaller than cities, though the criteria to distinguish them vary considerably between different parts of the world.

Municipality An administrative division having corporate status and usually some powers of self-government or jurisdiction

A municipality is usually a single administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate. It is to be distinguished (usually) from the county, which may encompass rural territory or numerous small communities such as towns, villages and hamlets.

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Population centres

Dussen Village in North Brabant, Netherlands

Dussen is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It is a part of the municipality of Werkendam, and is located about 12 km south of Gorinchem.

Nieuwendijk Village in North Brabant, Netherlands

Nieuwendijk is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It is a part of the municipality of Werkendam, and lies about 8 km south of Gorinchem.

Sleeuwijk Village in North Brabant, Netherlands

Sleeuwijk is a town in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant and part of the municipality of Altena. Historically, it was part of the Land of Altena, and was administered from Woudrichem. Since about 1815 Sleeuwijk has been part of the municipality of De Werken en Sleeuwijk. This had an area of 2111 ha. In 1950, the then 4,218 inhabitants municipality was merged into the municipality of Werkendam, a municipality which was greatly enlarged in 1973. In 2012 the village had 5,349 inhabitants.

Topography

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Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Werkendam, 2013.

Transport

Public transport is by Veolia neighborhood bus to Gorinchem through Sleeuwijk Tol, and by ferry to Boven-Hardinxveld. [5] The bus between Utrecht and Breda, and the bus between Gorinchem and Den Bosch goes through Sleeuwijk Tol.

Public transport Shared transportation service for use by the general public

Public transport is a system of transport for passengers by group travel systems available for use by the general public, typically managed on a schedule, operated on established routes, and that charge a posted fee for each trip. Examples of public transport include city buses, trolleybuses, trams and passenger trains, rapid transit and ferries. Public transport between cities is dominated by airlines, coaches, and intercity rail. High-speed rail networks are being developed in many parts of the world.

Gorinchem Municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Gorinchem, also called Gorkum, is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality covers an area of 21.93 km2 (8.47 sq mi) of which 3.01 km2 (1.16 sq mi) is water. It had a population of 36,233 in 2017.

Breda City and municipality in North Brabant, Netherlands

Breda is a city and municipality in the southern part of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Brabant. The name derived from brede Aa and refers to the confluence of the rivers Mark and Aa.

For road traffic to Dordrecht there is a ferry to cross the Nieuwe Merwede river. [5]

Dordrecht City and municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

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Ferry type of ship travelling over short to medium distances between two places transporting people, cars or trains and acting like a replacement for a bridge

A ferry is a merchant vessel used to carry passengers, and sometimes vehicles and cargo, across a body of water. A passenger ferry with many stops, such as in Venice, Italy, is sometimes called a water bus or water taxi.

Nieuwe Merwede canal in the Netherlands

The Nieuwe Merwede is a Dutch canal, mainly fed by the river Rhine, that was constructed in 1870 to form a branch in the Rhine-Meuse delta. It was dug along the general trajectories of a number of minor Biesbosch creeks to reduce the risk of flooding by diverting the water away from the Beneden Merwede, and to facilitate navigation and regulate river traffic in the increasingly silted-up delta.

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View of Werkendam and the Nieuwe Merwede river.

Notable people

Ludovicus M. M. Van Iersel, 1919 Ludovicus M. M. Van Iersel.jpg
Ludovicus M. M. Van Iersel, 1919
Henri Karel Frederik van Teijn Dutch general

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References

  1. "Burgemeester drs. C.G.J. (Carla) Breuer" (in Dutch). Gemeente Werkendam. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 4251VZ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. 1 2 (in Dutch) www.voetveren.nl