Coevorden

Coevorden (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkuvɔrdən] (listen); Dutch Low Saxon: Koevern) is a city and municipality in the province of Drenthe, Netherlands. During the 1998 municipal reorganisation in the province, Coevorden merged with Dalen, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Zweeloo, retaining its name. In August 2017, it had a population of 35,267.

Coevorden
Castle and city hall of Coevorden in 2007

Flag

Coat of arms
Location in Drenthe
Coordinates: 52°40′N 6°45′E
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceDrenthe
Government
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorBert Bouwmeester (D66)
Area
  Total299.69 km2 (115.71 sq mi)
  Land296.54 km2 (114.49 sq mi)
  Water3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)
Elevation12 m (39 ft)
Population
 (August 2017)[4]
  Total35,267
  Density119/km2 (310/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Coevordenaar
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
7740–7759, 7840–7869
Area code0524, 0528, 0591
Websitewww.coevorden.nl

Etymology

The name Coevorden means "cow ford(s) " or "cow crossing", similar to Bosporus or Oxford.[5]

History

Coevorden received city rights in 1408. It is the oldest city in the province of Drenthe.

The city was captured from the Spanish in 1592 by a Dutch and English force under the command of Maurice, Prince of Orange. The following year it was besieged by a Spanish force but the city held out until its relief in May 1594. Coevorden was then reconstructed in the early seventeenth century to an ideal city design, similar to Palmanova. The streets were laid out in a radial pattern within polygonal fortifications and extensive outer earthworks.

The city of Coevorden may have indirectly given its name to the city of Vancouver, which is named after the 18th-century British explorer George Vancouver. The explorer's ancestors (and family name) may have originally come to England "from Coevorden" (van Coevorden > Vancoevorden > Vancouver).[5] There is also a family of nobility with the surname van Coeverden, sometimes spelled with a K (as with Canadian kayaker Adam van Koeverden).

Geography

Coervorden is located at 52°40′N 6°45′E in the south of the province of Drenthe in the east of the Netherlands.

The population centres in the municipality are:

International relations

Coevorden is twinned with:

Transportation

There are two railway station in the municipality:

Notable people

See also

References

  1. "Burgemeester en wethouders" [Mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Coevorden. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 7741GC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. "History of Vancouver - Coevorden". Vancouverhistory.ca. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  6. "Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Kingdom of the Netherlands - News of the Embassy". Netherlands.mfa.gov.by. 2011-05-16. Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
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