Culemborg

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Culemborg
Municipality
Culemborg market square
Culemborg market square
Flag of Culemborg
Flag
Coat of arms of Culemborg
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Culemborg in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°57′N 5°14′E / 51.950°N 5.233°E / 51.950; 5.233Coordinates: 51°57′N 5°14′E / 51.950°N 5.233°E / 51.950; 5.233
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Roland van Schelven (D66)
Area[2]
 • Total 31.14 km2 (12.02 sq mi)
 • Land 29.42 km2 (11.36 sq mi)
 • Water 1.72 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 5 m (16 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 27,568
 • Density 937/km2 (2,430/sq mi)
Demonym Culemborger
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 4100–4107
Area code 0345
Website www.culemborg.nl

Culemborg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkyləmbɔrx] ( ); formerly also spelled Kuilenburg or Kuylenburgh) is a municipality and a city in the centre of the Netherlands. The city is situated just south of the Lek River. The cities of Utrecht and 's-Hertogenbosch can easily be reached by train.

History[edit]

Culemborg in Joan Blaeu's map from his Tooneel der Steeden, 1649
Dutch Topographic map of Culemborg, July 2013

It received city rights in 1318.

In Joannes Blaeu's map of 1649, Culemborg remains entirely enclosed by walls behind its city moat-like encircling canals. The moated castle stands outside the city walls. Houses present a united front along streets and the two canals that cut the city in three sections, but they all face gardens behind, and market gardens are plentiful within the city walls.

In 1995, Culemborg was one of the cities which was temporarily evacuated because of the risk of flooding.

Race riots[edit]

On New Year's Eve 2009/2010 long existing tensions between Dutch-Moroccan and Dutch-Moluccan youth culminated in violent race riots in the district of Terweijde. The riots escalated when a group of 5 Moroccans drove a car into a group of Moluccans standing in a garden in front of a house, although tension had been growing after a car was set on fire a few days earlier.

Stringent measures were taken to prevent further escalation of violence. Terweijde was subjected to emergency regulations and a ban on large public gatherings was brought into effect in the wake of the increased tension between the two ethnic groups.

Transportation[edit]

Culemborg is served by Culemborg railway station, which offers trains to Utrecht (city) 4x per hour and 2x per hour to 's-Hertogenbosch and Tiel each. The railway station also provides a bus hub, offering buses to the various neighbouring cities and villages (namely Buren, Beusichem and Nieuwegein).

Industry[edit]

Dough processing company Rademaker BV, founded in 1977, moved to Culemborg in 1981 and still has their headquarters here.

Notable residents[edit]

Demographics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burgemeester Van Schelven" [Mayor Van Schelven] (in Dutch). Gemeente Culemborg. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 4101BK". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.zorgatlas.nl/beinvloedende-factoren/demografie/etniciteit/niet-westerse-allochtonen-per-gemeente-2010-2040/

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