Church in Alblasserdam
Location in South Holland
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Bert Blase (PvdA)|
|• Total||10.06 km2 (3.88 sq mi)|
|• Land||8.79 km2 (3.39 sq mi)|
|• Water||1.27 km2 (0.49 sq mi)|
|Elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
|Population (January 2014)|
|• Density||2,255/km2 (5,840/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Alblasserdam (Dutch: [ɑɫˌblɑsərˈdɑm] ( )) is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. It covers an area of 10.06 km2 (3.88 sq mi), of which 1.27 km2 (0.49 sq mi) is water, and has a population of 19,822 as of 2014. Alblasserdam is officially a part of the Drechtsteden region. A portion of the small village of Kinderdijk, which boasts the largest and most famous concentration of windmills in the Netherlands, is part of Alblasserdam.
The name Alblasserdam is derived from its location near the creek Alblas where a dam was built. Inhabitants of Alblasserdam are called Alblasserdammers (singular: Alblasserdammer).
The town of Alblasserdam was first mentioned in the chronicles of Melis Stoke in 1299, but the municipality wasn't formed until 1447. Before that, it was part of Oud-Alblas.
Because of its location on the Noord river, one of the busiest waterways in Western Europe, water has played a major role in Alblasserdam's history. The river was important for its development and makes it an advantageous location for industry. Alblasserdam's strategic location also brought it negative consequences, however; between 1350 and 1821, the Alblasserwaard polder flooded 32 times. It also suffered during the German raid on Rotterdam on May 11, 1940, when its town centre was seriously damaged. The historic Kerkstraat (Church Street) and the characteristic dike construction along the river, however, were spared. The North Sea flood of 1953 also affected a portion of Alblasserdam.
Today, because of reinforcements to the dikes and improvement of the locks, water does not pose a direct danger to Alblasserdam any more.
- Waterbus route 1:
Sister and twin cities
- "Portefeuilleverdeling" [Task distribution]. Bestuur en Organisatie (in Dutch). Gemeente Alblasserdam. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 2951 ED". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
||Ridderkerk / Noord|
|Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht / Noord||Molenwaard|