Bernisse ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality had a population of 12,665 in 2007, and covers an area of 68.59 km2 (26.48 sq mi) of which 11.25 km2 (4.34 sq mi) is water.
The municipality is named after the Bernisse River, which flows right through it from the Spui (river) to the Brielse meer and separates the estuary islands of Voorne and Putten.
The municipality of Bernisse consists of the following communities: Abbenbroek, Biert, Geervliet, Heenvliet, Oudenhoorn, Simonshaven, Zuidland.
The municipality of Bernisse was formed on January 1, 1980, through the amalgamation of the municipalities Abbenbroek, Oudenhoorn, Zuidland, and parts of the municipalities Geervliet (including Simonshaven) and Heenvliet.
Satellite image of the Rhine-Meuse delta showing the Bernisse river (q) and the islands of Voorne (4) and Putten (5)
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