Zaanstad [ˈzaːnstɑt] (listen) is a Dutch municipality in the province of North Holland, situated northwest of Amsterdam. Its main city is Zaandam. It is part of the conurbation and metropolitan area of Amsterdam. It had a population of 154,442 in 2017.

Windmill Het Pink
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°26′N 4°49′E
ProvinceNorth Holland
Established1 January 1974
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorJan Hamming (PvdA)
  Total83.24 km2 (32.14 sq mi)
  Land73.88 km2 (28.53 sq mi)
  Water9.36 km2 (3.61 sq mi)
Elevation1 m (3 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
  Density2,090/km2 (5,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Parts of 1500 range
Area code075

Population centres

The municipality of Zaanstad is also mainly a conurbation itself and consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Assendelft, Koog aan de Zaan, Krommenie, Westzaan, Wormerveer, Zaandam, Zaandijk. However, being surrounded by countryside and due to its relatively protracted shape that follows the river Zaan, a rural atmosphere is always nearby.

Railway stations in Zaanstad

Local government

The municipal council of Zaanstad consists of 39 seats, which are divided as follows:[5]

PvdA (8 seats), VVD (7), ZOG (4), SP (3), GroenLinks (3), D66 (3), CDA (2), TROTS (2), ROSA (2), ChristenUnie (1), Democratisch Zaanstad (1), POV (1), PvdIJ (1), Dissels (1).

Notable tourist attractions

Notable people from Zaanstad

20th century

International relations

Twin towns – sister cities

Zaanstad is twinned with:


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  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 1506MZ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. "". Archived from the original on November 21, 2012.
  6. 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 17, Mauve, Anton retrieved 18 May 2019
  7. IMDb Database retrieved 18 May 2019
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