|City and municipality|
|• Mayor||Willemijn van Hees (VVD)|
|• Total||29.86 km2 (11.53 sq mi)|
|• Land||27.02 km2 (10.43 sq mi)|
|• Water||2.84 km2 (1.10 sq mi) 9.5%|
|• Density||790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Geertruidenberg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣɪːr.trœy̆.də(m).ˌbɛrx] ( )) is a city and municipality in the province North Brabant in the south of the Netherlands. The city, named after Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, received city rights in 1213 from the count of Holland. The fortified city prospered until the 15th century.
Today, the municipality of Geertruidenberg also includes the population centres Raamsdonk and Raamsdonksveer. The municipality has a total area of 29.86 km2 and as of 2007 it has a population of 21,104 inhabitants. The city government consists of the mayor Matthieu Meijer and four aldermen.
Geertruidenberg is named after Saint Gertrude of Nivelles.
In 1213, Sint Geertruidenberg (English: "Saint Gertrude's Mountain") received city rights from Count William I of Holland. The fortified city became a trade center, where counts and other nobility gathered for negotiations. The Hook and Cod wars in 1420 and the Saint Elizabeth's flood in 1421 ended the prosperity of the city.
Today, Geertruidenberg is part of the province of North Brabant, but it was once part of the county of Holland. Geertruidenberg is the oldest city of Holland as it was the first to receive city rights. It is a common misconception that Geertruidenberg is the oldest city of the Netherlands, because the names Holland and the Netherlands are used interchangeably by some.
As of 2006, the total area of the municipality is 29.86 km² (11.5 sq mi), of which 27.02 km² is land and 2.84 km² is water.
The municipality of Geertruidenberg comprises three population centres:
Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Geertruidenberg, 2013.
The mayor of Geertruidenberg is Willemijn van Hees (VVD) and she was appointed mayor by the Dutch monarch, like all mayors in the Netherlands. The four aldermen of Geertruidenberg are Ruud van den Belt (Keerpunt 74), Lida Verschuren-van Strien (CDA), Wim Quirijnen (Partij Samenwerking), and Albert Smit (Uw 3 Kernen). Together, the mayor and the aldermen form the College van Burgemeester en Wethouders, which is supported by the city's secretary Ad van Oudheusden.
The city council is elected every four years during municipal elections, at the same time as in most other municipalities of the Netherlands. The 19 members of the city council assemble ten times per year for public meetings in the city hall in Raamsdonksveer. The council members come from eight political parties, three local and five national:
- Keerpunt 74 (4 seats)
- CDA (3 seats)
- Uw drie kernen (3 seats)
- GroenLinks (2 seats)
- Partij Samenwerking (2 seats)
- PvdA (2 seats)
- VVD (2 seats)
- SP (1 seat)
- (Dutch) "Vroeger en nu". www.geertruidenberg.nl. Municipality of Geertruidenberg. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- Israel, Jonathan (1995), The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall 1477–1806, Clarendon Press, Oxford, ISBN 0-19-873072-1, p. 234
- (Dutch) "College van B&W". www.geertruidenberg.nl. Municipality of Geertruidenberg. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- (Dutch) "Gemeenteraad". www.geertruidenberg.nl. Municipality of Geertruidenberg. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
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- (Dutch) Gemeente Geertruidenberg (official website)