Renkum (pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the eastern Netherlands. The municipality had a population of 31,406 in 2017 and has a land area of 46.01 km2 (17.76 sq mi). Renkum is situated along the river Rhine. The municipality Renkum is part of the Stadsregio (English: City region) Arnhem-Nijmegen.

Renkum town hall


Coat of arms
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°59′N 5°51′E
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorMrs. A.M.J. (Agnes) Schaap[2]
  Total47.23 km2 (18.24 sq mi)
  Land46.01 km2 (17.76 sq mi)
  Water1.22 km2 (0.47 sq mi)
Elevation51 m (167 ft)
 (August 2017)[5]
  Density683/km2 (1,770/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code026, 0317

The surrounding of the municipality are mainly forest and river forelands. In the forest one can find tumulus of thousand years old. Findings from these tumulus can be seen in the Historic museum in Arnhem.[6]


Renkum is more than a thousand years old. The thousand-year anniversary was celebrated in 1970. In the early days, the name was written as Redinchem. In the 19th century Renkum developed itself. There existed six paper mills, three water-cornmills and one water-oil mill. There were two factories, a treacle factory and a potato starch-flour factory. There was also a beer brewery and a tavern de Bok.

Nowadays there is still paper industry The company is Parenco B.V., acquired by H2 Equity Partners in 2012.

Population centres


Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Renkum, June 2015.

Notable people from Renkum

  • Nol Hendriks (1937 in Renkum - 2017), businessman and football executive
  • Frank Versteegh (born 1954 in Oosterbeek) a Dutch aerobatics pilot
  • Derk Bolt (born 1955 in Renkum) a Dutch TV presenter, editor and producer [7]
  • Lans Bovenberg (born 1958 in Oosterbeek) a Dutch economist and academic
  • Stephan Brenninkmeijer (born 1964 in Doorwerth), a Dutch film director, screenwriter, and producer [8]
  • Eric Corton (born 1969 in Oosterbeek) a Dutch presenter, actor, author and DJ [9]
  • Constant Kusters (born 1970 in Oosterbeek), politician
  • Bjorn Stenvers (born 1972) international museum director, grew up in Renkum
  • Marianne Thieme (born 1972) a Dutch politician, author and animal rights activist; grew up in Renkum
  • Esmée Denters (born 1988) a Dutch singer and YouTube celebrity; grew up in Oosterbeek


  1. "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Renkum. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  2. Mayor Schaap
  3. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. "Postcodetool for 6861GG". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  5. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  6. Historic museum Arnhem Archived 2009-08-30 at the Wayback Machine
  7. IMDb Database retrieved 02 December 2019
  8. IMDb Database retrieved 02 December 2019
  9. IMDb Database retrieved 02 December 2019

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