Westzaan is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Zaanstad, and lies about 13 km northeast of Haarlem.


Coat of arms
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Westzaan in the municipality of Zaanstad.

Westzaan was a separate municipality until 1974, when it became a part of Zaanstad.[1]

In 2001, the town of Westzaan had 2130 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.34 kmĀ², and contained 834 residences.[2] The statistical district "Westzaan", which covers the village and the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 4580.[3] Westzaan has the only wind powered paper mill in the world.


  1. Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
  2. Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001 . Statistics are for the continuous built-up area.
  3. Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005 . As of 1 January 2005.
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