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.

Castle and city hall of Coevorden in 2007


Coat of arms
Location in Drenthe
Coordinates: 52°40′N 6°45′E
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorBert Bouwmeester (D66)
  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)
 (August 2017)[4]
  Density119/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
7740–7759, 7840–7869
Area code0524, 0528, 0591


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


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).


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:


There are two railway station in the municipality:

Notable people

See also


  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". Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  6. "Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Kingdom of the Netherlands - News of the Embassy". 2011-05-16. Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
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