Veldhoven

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Veldhoven
Municipality
Church in Veldhoven
Church in Veldhoven
Flag of Veldhoven
Flag
Coat of arms of Veldhoven
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Veldhoven in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°25′N 5°24′E / 51.417°N 5.400°E / 51.417; 5.400Coordinates: 51°25′N 5°24′E / 51.417°N 5.400°E / 51.417; 5.400
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Jack Mikkers (VVD)
Area[2]
 • Total 31.93 km2 (12.33 sq mi)
 • Land 31.73 km2 (12.25 sq mi)
 • Water 0.20 km2 (0.08 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 22 m (72 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 44,173
 • Density 1,392/km2 (3,610/sq mi)
Demonym Veldhovenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 5500–5509
Area code 040
Website www.veldhoven.nl

Veldhoven (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvɛɫt.ˌɦoː.və(n)] ( )) is a municipality and a town on the Gender stream in the southern Netherlands, located just south-west of Eindhoven.

Topography[edit]

Dutch topographic map of Veldhoven (town), as of March 2014

Dutch topographic map of Veldhoven (town), Dec. 2013

Population centres[edit]

The modern town of Veldhoven is an agglomeration of formerly rural villages that in the twentieth century grew together to form one large suburban area catering to Eindhoven commuter needs. The villages are Veldhoven proper to the southwest, Meerveldhoven to the southeast, Oerle to the east and Zeelst to the northeast. A new city center was constructed between Zeelst and Veldhoven.

Economy[edit]

Veldhoven is home to the headquarters of the manufacturer of high-tech (semiconductor) lithography equipment ASML. ASML occupies the highest building (83 meters) in Veldhoven. The municipality features a large industrial and office area along the Gender, which also includes the second-largest hospital in the Eindhoven urban region, Máxima Medisch Centrum.

Culture[edit]

The yearly festival Cult en Tumult offers a varied program of art and culture in the broadest sense. Theatre De Schalm is near the City Centrum.

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

Town council[edit]

The current town council of Veldhoven was elected at the Dutch 2014 local elections of March 19th, 2014.

Council seats[6][7][8][9]
Party 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014
VSA 5 8 8 7 6
GBV 3 5 4 5 6
VVD 5 4 4 5 5
CDA 7 7 5 4 4
D66 1 0 0 2 3
PvdA 3 3 6 3 2
Samenwerkend Veldhoven 0 0 0 1 1
SP 3 0 0 0 0
Total 27 27 27 27 27

Transport[edit]

Eindhoven Airport is located nearby Veldhoven on the border with Eindhoven in subdivision Meerhoven and is situated on the A2 and A67 motorways. Veldhoven is not connected to the Dutch railway system; nearby Eindhoven is.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Veldhoven. Retrieved 6 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 5501KA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 6 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
  6. ^ NRC Handelsblad (2002) Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen 6 maart 2002 Veldhoven
  7. ^ Gemeente Veldhoven (2006) Uitslag verkiezingen
  8. ^ Volkskrant (2010)Uitslagen verkiezingen Gemeenteraad 2010
  9. ^ Website Veldhoven (2014)Uitslagen verkiezingen Gemeenteraad 2014

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