Roosendaal

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Roosendaal
Municipality
Aerial view of Roosendaal
Aerial view of Roosendaal
Flag of Roosendaal
Flag
Coat of arms of Roosendaal
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Roosendaal in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°32′N 4°27′E / 51.533°N 4.450°E / 51.533; 4.450Coordinates: 51°32′N 4°27′E / 51.533°N 4.450°E / 51.533; 4.450
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Jacques Niederer (VVD)
Area[2]
 • Total 107.16 km2 (41.37 sq mi)
 • Land 106.42 km2 (41.09 sq mi)
 • Water 0.74 km2 (0.29 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 3 m (10 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 76,959
 • Density 723/km2 (1,870/sq mi)
Demonym Roosendaler, Roosendaalder
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 4700–4709, 4724–4727
Area code 0165
Website www.roosendaal.nl
Dutch Topographic map of Roosendaal (place), as of March 2014.

Roosendaal [ˈroː.zə(n).ˌdaːɫ] ( ) is both a city and a municipality in the province of Noord-Brabant in southern Netherlands. Together with Nispen it used to form a municipality named Roosendaal en Nispen. On 1 January 1997 the municipalities Roosendaal en Nispen and Wouw merged into the municipality now simply known as Roosendaal.

Population centres[edit]

The city of Roosendaal[edit]

Roosendaal was founded in the 13th century.

The football team RBC (Roosendaal Boys Combinatie) plays in Roosendaal.

The official International ABBA Fan club has been based in Roosendaal since 1986, and since the turn of the century, the city has also played host to the annual convention of the International ABBA Fan Club where for one weekend every April, hundreds of people from all over the world attend the event.

History[edit]

The history of Roosendaal goes back to the 12th and 13th century. The name Rosendaele was first mentioned in a document of 1268. Roosendaal was always a part of North Brabant. In the Middle Ages, Roosendaal grew as a result of the turf business, but the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) put an end to the growth. Roosendaal and Wouw were suffering from the itinerant combat troops. The troops plundered and ravaged everything they came across. For decades the countryside of Roosendaal was abandoned.

Under King Louis Napoléon of Holland, Roosendaal received city rights in 1809.

Transport[edit]

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The city serves as a regional railway hub: the Zwolle-Roosendaal Intercity service starts and ends here, the international train from The Hague to Brussels calls at Roosendaal, as does the Amsterdam-Vlissingen (Flushing) intercity. There is also a stopping service to Antwerp.

Medical Care[edit]

The Franciscus Ziekenhuis Roosendaal is the main general hospital for residents of Roosendaal and surrounding areas. Franciscus Ziekenhuis offers specialised medical care provided by a broad team of medical specialists. Special units include: Cardiology,[5] Dermatology,[6] Gynaecology,[7] Oncology,[8] Ophthalmology [9] and Intensive Care.[10]

Events in Roosendaal[edit]

  • Carnaval
  • Draai van de Kaai cycling race
  • Annual "International ABBA Day" - A weekend-long event, normally each April, operated by ABBA's official Fan Club which is based in Roosendaal.

Notable residents[edit]

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