Coevorden

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Coevorden
Municipality
Former post office in Coevorden
Former post office in Coevorden
Flag of Coevorden
Flag
Coat of arms of Coevorden
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Coevorden in a municipal map of Drenthe
Location in Drenthe
Coordinates: 52°40′N 6°45′E / 52.667°N 6.750°E / 52.667; 6.750Coordinates: 52°40′N 6°45′E / 52.667°N 6.750°E / 52.667; 6.750
Country Netherlands
Province Drenthe
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Bert Bouwmeester (D66)
Area[2]
 • Total 299.69 km2 (115.71 sq mi)
 • Land 296.54 km2 (114.49 sq mi)
 • Water 3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 12 m (39 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 35,639
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Demonym Coevordenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 7740–7759, 7840–7869
Area code 0524, 0528, 0591
Website www.coevorden.nl

Coevorden (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a city in the northeastern Netherlands. During the municipal reorganisation in the province in 1998, Coevorden merged with Dalen, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Zweeloo.

Population centres[edit]

Aalden, Achterste Erm, Ballast, Benneveld, Bovensteenwijksmoer, Coevorden, Dalen, Dalerpeel, Dalerveen, De Bente, De Haar, De Kiel, De Mars, Den Hool, Diphoorn, Eldijk, Erm, Gees, Geesbrug, Grevenberg, 't Haantje, Holsloot, Hoogehaar, Kibbelveen, Klooster, Langerak, Meppen, Nieuwe Krim, Nieuwlande, Noord-Sleen, Oosterhesselen, Padhuis, Pikveld, Schimmelarij, Schoonoord, Sleen, Steenwijksmoer, Stieltjeskanaal, Valsteeg, Veenhuizen, Vlieghuis, Vossebelt, Wachtum, Weijerswold, Wezup, Wezuperbrug, Zweeloo and Zwinderen.

The city of Coevorden[edit]

Fortification plan of Coevorden, in Star fort style.
Dutch Topographic map of Coevorden (city), June 2014

Coevorden received city rights in 1408.

The city was reconstructed in the early seventeenth century by Maurice, Prince of Orange to an ideal city design, similar to Palmanova. The streets were laid out in a radial pattern within polygonal fortifications and extensive outer earthworks.

The city of Coevorden may have indirectly given its name to the city of Vancouver, which is named after the 18th-century British explorer George Vancouver. The explorer's ancestors (and family name) may have originally come to England "from Coevorden" (van Coevorden > Vancoevorden > Vancouver).[5] There is also a family of nobility with the surname van Coeverden, sometimes spelled with a K (as with Canadian kayaker Adam van Koeverden).

Its name (Coevorden) has the same literal meaning as of "Bosporus" and "Oxford" - "cow ford(s)" or "cow crossing".[5]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Coevorden is twinned with:

Transportation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burgemeester en wethouders" [Mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Coevorden. Retrieved 6 October 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 7741GC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "History of Vancouver - Coevorden". Vancouverhistory.ca. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Kingdom of the Netherlands - News of the Embassy". Netherlands.mfa.gov.by. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 

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