Nijkerk

Nijkerk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnɛi̯kɛr(ə)k] (listen); Dutch Low Saxon: Niekark) is a municipality and a city located in the middle of the Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland.

Nijkerk
Aerial view of Nijkerk

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Coat of arms
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 52°14′N 5°29′E
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceGelderland
Government
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorGerard Renkema (CDA)
Area
  Total72.10 km2 (27.84 sq mi)
  Land69.48 km2 (26.83 sq mi)
  Water2.62 km2 (1.01 sq mi)
Elevation1 m (3 ft)
Population
 (August 2017)[4]
  Total42,143
  Density607/km2 (1,570/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Nijkerker
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
3860–3871
Area code033
Websitewww.nijkerk.eu

Population centres

Achterhoek, Appel, De Veenhuis, Doornsteeg, Driedorp, Hoevelaken, Holk, Holkerveen, Kruishaar, Nekkeveld, Nijkerkerveen, Prinsenkamp, Slichtenhorst, 't Woud and Wullenhove.

Some people state that Groot Corlaer is a population centre on his own, but officially it's part of the city of Nijkerk

Transportation

Railway station: Nijkerk

The city of Nijkerk

The name Nijkerk stems from Nieuwe Kerk (Dutch for New Church). This new church was built when the old chapel was destroyed by fire in 1221. Nijkerk was strategically located between the Duchy of Guelders (Dutch: Hertogdom Gelre) and the Bishopric of Utrecht. Because of this strategic location Nijkerk regularly was the scene of war, and in 1412 the village was completely destroyed. It was restored and Nijkerk received city rights in 1413. In 1421 the church that gave Nijkerk its name burnt down and was replaced; this happened several times, until a new church was built in the 18th century which still stands today. The organ in this church was built in 1756.

In the 18th century Nijkerk was a flourishing merchant city. Several inhabitants traveled to the New World, such as Arent van Curler and Kiliaen van Rensselaer and founded new cities.

Since World War II Nijkerk is growing fast. It lies on the (former) shore of the IJsselmeer which allows for transportation of goods via ships, and the proximity of two major motorways, the E30 (A1) and E232 (A28). This allowed local industries to grow, and also caused a lot of people who work in the nearby Randstad to move to the more quiet Nijkerk. The easy access to the Veluwe is also a contributing factor to this growth.

Politics

In 2000, the municipalities of Nijkerk and Hoevelaken merged to form the new municipality of Nijkerk. Since then the city council has 25 seats. On August 24, 2011, the municipality announced that Nijkerk had passed the mark of 40,000 inhabitants. This should mean that after the next election the city council would be extended by 2 seats.[5]

Currently (March, 2014) the seats are divided as follows:

Party Number of seats
CDA7
Christian Union and SGP6
VVD4
Progressief 215
Lokale Partij5

Progressief 21 is a local party combining the local chapters of the Democrats 66, GroenLinks and the Labour Party. The last two parties are local parties that have no national connection.

Geography

Climate

Climate data for Nijkerk
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.9
(58.8)
17.5
(63.5)
25.4
(77.7)
29.2
(84.6)
31.5
(88.7)
33.9
(93.0)
36.5
(97.7)
36.1
(97.0)
29.6
(85.3)
26.9
(80.4)
18.5
(65.3)
15.3
(59.5)
36.5
(97.7)
Average high °C (°F) 5.5
(41.9)
6.0
(42.8)
9.5
(49.1)
13.5
(56.3)
18.0
(64.4)
20.0
(68.0)
22.5
(72.5)
22.5
(72.5)
19.0
(66.2)
14.5
(58.1)
9.5
(49.1)
6.0
(42.8)
13.9
(57.0)
Average low °C (°F) 0.0
(32.0)
0.0
(32.0)
2.0
(35.6)
4.0
(39.2)
8.0
(46.4)
10.5
(50.9)
13.0
(55.4)
12.5
(54.5)
10.0
(50.0)
7.0
(44.6)
3.5
(38.3)
1.0
(33.8)
6.0
(42.7)
Record low °C (°F) −20.3
(−4.5)
−21.9
(−7.4)
−16.9
(1.6)
−8.4
(16.9)
−2.9
(26.8)
−0.4
(31.3)
2.5
(36.5)
2.9
(37.2)
−2.2
(28.0)
−7.4
(18.7)
−11.2
(11.8)
−15.5
(4.1)
−21.9
(−7.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 75
(3.0)
55
(2.2)
75
(3.0)
45
(1.8)
65
(2.6)
70
(2.8)
80
(3.1)
80
(3.1)
75
(3.0)
80
(3.1)
85
(3.3)
85
(3.3)
870
(34.3)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 60 85 125 175 210 195 205 190 140 110 60 50 1,605
Source #1: [6]
Source #2: [7]

Notable residents

Twin town

Nijkerk is twinned with

References

  1. "Burgemeester Gerard Renkema" [Mayor Gerard Renkema] (in Dutch). Gemeente Nijkerk. Retrieved 11 July 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 3861AK". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. http://www.nijkerk.eu/document.php?m=3&fileid=6519&f=a32450a43754f02e311ac1bb6c145835&attachment=1&c=2637 Municipal press release (dutch) about 40,000th inhabitant
  6. "Klimaatatlas| KNMI". knmi.nl. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
  7. "Extremen KNMI-station Soesterberg". weergegevens.nl. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
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