Oldambt (municipality)

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Former clock maker building in Heiligerlee
Former clock maker building in Heiligerlee
Flag of Oldambt
Coat of arms of Oldambt
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Oldambt in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°9′N 7°2′E / 53.150°N 7.033°E / 53.150; 7.033Coordinates: 53°9′N 7°2′E / 53.150°N 7.033°E / 53.150; 7.033
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
Established 1 January 2010[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Pieter Smit (D66)
 • Total 295.96 km2 (114.27 sq mi)
 • Land 227.80 km2 (87.95 sq mi)
 • Water 68.16 km2 (26.32 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 2 m (7 ft)
Population (May 2014)[5]
 • Total 38,495
 • Density 169/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode Parts of 9600 and 9900 ranges
Area code 0596–0598
Website www.gemeente-oldambt.nl

Oldambt is a municipality in the Dutch province of Groningen. The municipality was established 1 January 2010, as a merger of the former municipalities of Reiderland, Scheemda and Winschoten.[6][7] It borders Germany and the Dollart. The Oldambtmeer is an artificial lake of more than 800 ha.

Population centres[edit]

Oldambt includes the following places:


Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Oldambt, 2013.

The first mayor of the municipality is Martin Zijlstra[8] The current mayor is Pieter Smit


  1. ^ "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 2010" [Municipal divisions on 1 January 2010]. cbs.nl (in Dutch). CBS. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Samenstelling college van B&W" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Oldambt. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Postcodetool for 9671CD". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gemeente Oldambt welluidend van start". Dagblad van het noorden. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Eerste Kamer stemt in met vijf gemeentelijke herindelingen". Nederlands Genootschap van Burgemeesters. Retrieved 6 January 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ Jacob Hesseling (3 December 2009). "Martin Zijlstra: eerste burgemeester Oldambt". Dagblad van het noorden. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 

Further reading on the period 1500-1900 see Daniel R. Curtis, 'The impact of land accumulation and consolidation on population trends in the pre-industrial period: two contrasting cases in the Low Countries', http://www.academia.edu/1933240/The_impact_of_land_accumulation_and_consolidation_on_population_trends_in_the_pre-industrial_period_two_contrasting_cases_in_the_Low_Countries

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