Church in Valkenswaard
Coat of arms
Location in North Brabant
|Coordinates: 51°21′N 5°28′E|
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Anton Ederveen (CDA)|
|• Total||56.49 km2 (21.81 sq mi)|
|• Land||55.01 km2 (21.24 sq mi)|
|• Water||1.48 km2 (0.57 sq mi)|
|Elevation||25 m (82 ft)|
|• Density||557/km2 (1,440/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Valkenswaarder / Valkenswaardenaar|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The name Valkenswaard stems from its history of falconers, who caught wild falcons there; valk is Dutch for "falcon". It lay on a route where falcons migrated south each year. In the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, Valkenswaardian falconers were active at many European courts, in which falconing was a beloved pastime. Valkenswaard's falcon-catching area has now been built over and falcons are no longer caught there.
Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Valkenswaard, June 2015
Notable people born in Valkenswaard
- Henk van den Breemen (born 1941) a retired Dutch military officer
- Pieter van Geel (born 1951) a retired Dutch politician
- Linda Williams (born 1955) a Dutch singer, participated in the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest
- Ine Gevers (born 1960) a Dutch curator of contemporary art, writer and activist
- Jan Tops (born 1961) an equestrian, gold medallist at the 1992 Summer Olympics
- Jeroen Mettes (1978-2006) a Dutch poet, essayist and blogger
- Dominique van Hulst (born 1981), singer, known by her stage name Do
- Jens van Son (born 1987) a Dutch professional footballer with over 250 club caps
- Lidewij Welten (born 1990) a Dutch field hockey player
- Daniëlle van de Donk (born 1991) a Dutch professional footballer
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- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 5554DA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105
- IMDb Database retrieved 20 November 2019