Dronten

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Dronten
Municipality
Dronten bell tower
Dronten bell tower
Flag of Dronten
Flag
Coat of arms of Dronten
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Dronten in a municipal map of Flevoland
Location in Flevoland
Coordinates: 52°31′N 5°43′E / 52.517°N 5.717°E / 52.517; 5.717Coordinates: 52°31′N 5°43′E / 52.517°N 5.717°E / 52.517; 5.717
Country Netherlands
Province Flevoland
Established 1 January 1972
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Aat de Jonge (CDA)
Area[2]
 • Total 423.89 km2 (163.66 sq mi)
 • Land 333.89 km2 (128.92 sq mi)
 • Water 90.00 km2 (34.75 sq mi)
Elevation[3] −2 m (−7 ft)
Population (January 2014)[4]
 • Total 40,451
 • Density 121/km2 (310/sq mi)
Demonym Drontenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 8250–8259
Area code 0321
Website www.dronten.nl

Dronten (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the central Netherlands, in the province of Flevoland. It had population of 40,451 in 2014.

History[edit]

Plans for the municipality of Dronten were made in the early half of the 1950s; real plans for the town of Dronten (the municipality's center) were revealed in 1958.

The foundations for the town were laid in 1960. Right from the start there was a discussion whether Dronten was to become a town or a city. The first plans assumed 15,000 inhabitants, while later plans foresaw a growth to 30,000 inhabitants. The first plans for the municipality assumed ten smaller villages situated around the central town (in this case Dronten). The number of villages was reduced due to increased traffic and experiences gained in developing the Noordoostpolder, where a similar municipality had already been built. Eventually it was decided there were to be two smaller villages (Biddinghuizen and Swifterbant) and one larger town (Dronten).

On 1 January 1972 Dronten was given its official name.

In 1995, Dronten hosted the 18th World Scout Jamboree. 28,960 Scouts and staff members from 166 countries and territories participated this event.

Population centers[edit]

Topography[edit]

Dronten-plaats-OpenTopo.jpg

Dutch Topographic map of Dronten (town), March 2014.

Transportation[edit]

Railway station Dronten

Dronten has a railway station on the Lelystad-Zwolle railway.

Entertainment[edit]

Biddinghuizen contains the theme park Walibi Holland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College van Dronten" [Executive board of Dronten] (in Dutch). Gemeente Dronten. Retrieved 1 September 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 8251ER". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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