Capelle aan den IJssel

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This article is about the municipality in South Holland. For the town in North Brabant, see Capelle.
Capelle aan den IJssel
Stadsplein square in Capelle
Stadsplein square in Capelle
Flag of Capelle aan den IJssel
Coat of arms of Capelle aan den IJssel
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Capelle aan den IJssel in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates: 51°56′N 4°35′E / 51.933°N 4.583°E / 51.933; 4.583Coordinates: 51°56′N 4°35′E / 51.933°N 4.583°E / 51.933; 4.583
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Frank Koen (CDA)
 • Total 15.40 km2 (5.95 sq mi)
 • Land 14.25 km2 (5.50 sq mi)
 • Water 1.15 km2 (0.44 sq mi)
Elevation[3] −2 m (−7 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 66,261
 • Density 4,650/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Demonym Capellenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 2900–2909
Area code 010

Capelle aan den IJssel [kaːˈpɛlə aːn dɛn ˈɛi̯səl] is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality had a population of 66,261 in 2014, and covers an area of 15.40 km2 (5.95 sq mi), of which 1.15 km2 (0.44 sq mi) is water. It is situated on the eastern edge of Rotterdam, on the Hollandse IJssel river.

Capelle aan den IJssel's most famous resident is former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who has lived there since 1999.

The town has what is probably the country's smallest museum, the Dief en Duif huis ("House of Thieves and Pigeons"). Now a historical museum, it served as the prison for the castle of Capelle and is all that now remains of the 16th-century castle.

On opposing sides of the A16 motorway are two business parks called Rivium and Brainpark respectively. Companies based in the larger Rivium include Rockwell Automation, Pfizer Nederland, Sodexho Nederland, Royal Dutch Shell, Van Oord, and many more.

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Public transport[edit]

Capelle aan den IJssel is connected to the Rotterdam Metro system:



Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Capelle aan den IJssel, 2013.


  1. ^ "Burgemeester" [Mayor]. Bestuur en Organisatie (in Dutch). Gemeente Capelle aan den IJssel. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 2903AR". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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