Nijkerk

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Nijkerk
Municipality
Aerial view of Nijkerk
Aerial view of Nijkerk
Flag of Nijkerk
Flag
Coat of arms of Nijkerk
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Nijkerk in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 52°14′N 5°29′E / 52.233°N 5.483°E / 52.233; 5.483Coordinates: 52°14′N 5°29′E / 52.233°N 5.483°E / 52.233; 5.483
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Gerard Renkema (CDA)
Area[2]
 • Total 72.10 km2 (27.84 sq mi)
 • Land 69.48 km2 (26.83 sq mi)
 • Water 2.62 km2 (1.01 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 1 m (3 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 40,618
 • Density 585/km2 (1,520/sq mi)
Demonym Nijkerker
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 3860–3871
Area code 033
Website www.nijkerk.eu

Nijkerk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnɛi̯.kɛr(ə)k] ( ); Dutch Low Saxon: Niekark) is a municipality and a city located in the middle of the Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland.

Population centres[edit]

Dutch Topographic map of Nijkerk, July 2013

Achterhoek, Appel, De Veenhuis, Doornsteeg, Driedorp, Hoevelaken, Holk, Holkerveen, Kruishaar, Nekkeveld, Nijkerkerveen, Prinsenkamp, Slichtenhorst, 't Woud and Wullenhove.

Some people state that Groot Corlaer is a population centre on his own, but officially it's part of the city of Nijkerk

Transportation[edit]

Railway station: Nijkerk

The city of Nijkerk[edit]

The Grote Kerk (Great Church) in Nijkerk

The name Nijkerk stems from Nieuwe Kerk (Dutch for New Church). This new church was built when the old chapel was destroyed by fire in 1221. Nijkerk was strategically located between the Duchy of Guelders (Dutch: Hertogdom Gelre) and the Bishopric of Utrecht. Because of this strategic location Nijkerk regularly was the scene of war, and in 1412 the village was completely destroyed. It was restored and Nijkerk received city rights in 1413. In 1421 the church that gave Nijkerk its name burnt down and was replaced; this happened several times, until a new church was built in the 18th century which still stands today. The organ in this church was built in 1756.

In the 18th century Nijkerk was a flourishing merchant city. Several inhabitants traveled to the New World, such as Arent van Curler and Kiliaen van Rensselaer and founded new cities.

Since World War II Nijkerk is growing fast. It lies on the (former) shore of the IJsselmeer which allows for transportation of goods via ships, and the proximity of two major motorways, the E30 (A1) and E232 (A28). This allowed local industries to grow, and also caused a lot of people who work in the nearby Randstad to move to the more quiet Nijkerk. Also the easy access to the Veluwe is a contributing factor to this growth.

Politics[edit]

In 2000, the municipalities of Nijkerk and Hoevelaken merged to form the new municipality of Nijkerk. Since then the city council has 25 seats. On August 24th, 2011, the municipality announced that Nijkerk had passed the mark of 40,000 inhabitants. This should mean that after the next election the city council would be extended by 2 seats.[5]

Currently (March, 2014) the seats are divided as follows:

Party Number of seats
CDA 7
Christen-Unie and SGP 6
VVD 4
Progressief 21 5
Lokale Partij 5

Progressief 21 is a local party combining the local chapters of D66, GroenLinks and PvdA. The last two parties are local parties that have no national connection.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Nijkerk
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 5
(41)
5
(41)
8
(46)
12
(54)
17
(63)
19
(66)
21
(70)
21
(70)
18
(64)
13
(55)
8
(46)
6
(43)
12.8
(54.9)
Average low °C (°F) 0
(32)
0
(32)
1
(34)
2
(36)
7
(45)
10
(50)
12
(54)
12
(54)
9
(48)
6
(43)
3
(37)
1
(34)
5.3
(41.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 70
(2.76)
45
(1.77)
65
(2.56)
45
(1.77)
60
(2.36)
70
(2.76)
65
(2.56)
60
(2.36)
65
(2.56)
75
(2.95)
80
(3.15)
85
(3.35)
785
(30.91)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 52 83 114 160 205 188 197 193 132 105 58 41 1,528
Source: [6]

Notable residents[edit]

Twin town[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burgemeester Gerard Renkema" [Mayor Gerard Renkema] (in Dutch). Gemeente Nijkerk. Retrieved 11 July 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 3861AK". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 July 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.nijkerk.eu/document.php?m=3&fileid=6519&f=a32450a43754f02e311ac1bb6c145835&attachment=1&c=2637 Municipal press release (dutch) about 40,000th inhabitant
  6. ^ "Het Weer in Nijkerk. Bekijk Weersverwachting van Nijkerk | Zoover". Zoover.nl. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 

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