Valkenswaard

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Valkenswaard
Municipality
Church in Valkenswaard
Church in Valkenswaard
Flag of Valkenswaard
Flag
Coat of arms of Valkenswaard
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Valkenswaard in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°21′N 5°28′E / 51.350°N 5.467°E / 51.350; 5.467Coordinates: 51°21′N 5°28′E / 51.350°N 5.467°E / 51.350; 5.467
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Anton Ederveen (CDA)
Area[2]
 • Total 56.49 km2 (21.81 sq mi)
 • Land 55.01 km2 (21.24 sq mi)
 • Water 1.48 km2 (0.57 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 25 m (82 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 30,336
 • Density 551/km2 (1,430/sq mi)
Demonym Valkenswaarder
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 5550–5556
Area code 040
Website www.valkenswaard.nl

Valkenswaard (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands, in the province of North Brabant. The municipality had a population of 30,336 in 2014 and spans an area of 56.49 km2 (21.81 sq mi) of which 1.48 km2 (0.57 sq mi) is water.

The name Valkenswaard stems from its history of falconers, who caught wild falcons there; valk is Dutch for "falcon". It lay on a route where falcons migrated south each year. In the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, Valkenswaardian falconers were active at many European courts, in which falconing was a beloved pastime. Valkenswaard's falcon-catching area has now been built over and falcons are no longer caught there.

In the 19th and 20th century, a number of large cigar factories were founded in Valkenswaard, the two most renowned of which being Willem II and Hofnar.

The spoken language is Kempenlands (an East Brabantian dialect, which is very similar to colloquial Dutch).[5]

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Notable people born in Valkenswaard[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samenstelling college van B&W" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Valkenswaard. Retrieved 5 June 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 5554DA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105

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