Bussum across from city hall
Location in North Holland
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Henk Heijman (CDA)|
|• Total||8.15 km2 (3.15 sq mi)|
|• Land||8.09 km2 (3.12 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.06 km2 (0.02 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
|Population (May 2014)|
|• Density||4,046/km2 (10,480/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Bussum had a population of 32,731 in 2014 and covered an area of 8.15 km2 (3.15 sq mi).
For a long time Bussum was not more than a hamlet situated amongst the heathlands of Het Gooi and was first mentioned in 1306. In this time, Bussum was a large heathland with many small farms, sheep pens and forests as is shown on old maps. Since Bussum is situated near the fortified town Naarden it was governed by Naarden from 1369 onward. In 1470 Bussum was inhabited by about 250 people, which made it the smallest village in Het Gooi.
Bussum became independent from Naarden in 1817, yet it was not until the arrival of a railway line in 1874 that Bussum began to flourish. Two train stations were built in the town, that still exist today: Naarden-Bussum and Bussum Zuid (Dutch for Bussum South), both on the connection between Amsterdam and Hilversum. The stations and the road network fostered the town's status as a satellite town of Amsterdam, allowing for reverse commute also to Hilversum. From 1898 until 1907, Bussum housed the first Dutch socialist colony after the example of Thoreau's Walden, set up by the writer and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden. In 1951, Bussum hosted the first Dutch national TV broadcast and the national TV studios were located there until 1964.
Bussum is set to merge with the local municipalities of Naarden and Muiden on the 1 January 2016. In October, 2014, the combined town councils chose the name Gooise Meren for the new municipality, the other options being Naarden-Bussum and Naardingerland.
The municipal council of Bussum consists of 23 seats, which are divided as follows:
- Freddy Wittop (1911–2001) international costume designer
- Karel Thole (1914–2000), painter and illustrator
- Paul Biegel (1925–2006), author
- Willem Duys (1928–2011), radio and television presenter and record producer
- Thierry Veltman (born 1939), artist
- Tineke Lagerberg (born 1941), swimmer
- Ronnie Tober (born 1945), singer and entertainer
- Charles de Lint (born 1951), Canadian author and musician
- Huub Rothengatter (born 1954), racing driver
- Raoul Heertje (born 1963), comedian
- Anneloes Nieuwenhuizen (born 1963), field hockey defender
- Prof. E van der Bovenkampf (born 1964), Professor at the University of Groningen
- Ruud Hesp (born 1965), football goalkeeper
- Ellen Elzerman (born 1971), swimmer
- Thekla Reuten (born 1975), actress
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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 1404EP". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "Gooise Meren wordt de naam van de fusiegemeente Naarden-Muiden-Bussum'" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2014-11-17.