Nieuwegein [ˌniʋəˈɣɛi̯n] (listen) is a municipality and city in the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is bordered on the north by the city of Utrecht, the provincial capital. It is separated from Vianen to the south by the river Lek and borders on IJsselstein in the southwest and Houten in the east.

Canal through Nieuwegein


Coat of arms
Location in Utrecht
Coordinates: 52°2′N 5°5′E
Established1 July 1971
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorFrans Backhuijs (VVD)
  Total25.65 km2 (9.90 sq mi)
  Land23.66 km2 (9.14 sq mi)
  Water1.99 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Elevation1 m (3 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
  Density2,630/km2 (6,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code030

Several national sports federations are housed in Nieuwegein, including the NeVoBo (volleyball), KNZB (swimming), NBb (basketball) and KNCB (cricket).

There are three main secondary schools in the city, including the Anna van Rijn College, Oosterlicht College and the Cals College.


Nieuwegein was founded on 1 July 1971 as a planned city, following the merger of the former municipalities of Jutphaas and Vreeswijk. The new town was built for the expanding population of the city of Utrecht, and grew rapidly during the decades following its foundation.

In the area between Jutphaas and Vreeswijk there used to be a settlement called Geyne. This settlement received city rights in 1295 but was destroyed in 1333, in a war between the Bishop of Utrecht and the Count of Holland. Today only Oudegein House remains from that time. After the boards of Vreeswijk and Jutphaas had debated for some time about the name of the new place (including the alternative "'t Gein" as a reference to Geyne, fell) they decided to name the new place after this old settlement.[5]


Dutch Topographic map of Nieuwegein, 2017.


Nieuwegein is surrounded by three motorways (Dutch: autosnelweg), the A2 to the west, the A12 to the north and the A27 to the east.

Nieuwegein is connected to Utrecht and IJsselstein by the Sneltram (light rail) line. There is a pedestrian ferry across the river Lek to Vianen. Three canals flow through Nieuwegein: the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, the Lek River and the Merwede Canal. There are also a few sports clubs in Nieuwegein, such as: KV Koveni, SV Geinoord, VSV Vreeswijk and JSV Nieuwegein.

Twin towns


  1. "Burgemeester Frans Backhuijs" [Mayor Frans Backhuijs] (in Dutch). Gemeente Nieuwegein. Retrieved 8 April 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 3431LZ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. "Nieuwegein", Wikipedia (in Dutch), 2019-05-26, retrieved 2019-06-14

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