Zaandijk

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Zaandijk
Flag of Zaandijk
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Coat of arms of Zaandijk
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Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad.
Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad.
Country Netherlands
Province Noord-Holland
Municipality Zaanstad
Population (2007) 8,870
Website Zaandijk op www.zaanstad.nl

Coordinates: 52°28′N 4°48′E / 52.467°N 4.800°E / 52.467; 4.800

Zaandijk (Dutch pronunciation: [zaːndɛik]) is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Zaanstad, and lies about 11 km northwest of Amsterdam.

Zaandijk has a population of around 9040.[1]

History[edit]

The first citizens of Zaandijk were members of the family of Hendrik Pietersz who moved into 'de Lage dijk' (The Lower Dike) in the year 1494. De Lagedijk still exists in Zaandijk. In 1570 the town consisted of 19 houses. These dwellings were burned by the Spaniards in 1572, during the Eighty Years' War. The town began to prosper and grow following the return of the populace.

Zaandijk was a separate municipality until 1974, when it became a part of the new municipality Zaanstad.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005 [1]. As of 1 January 2005.
  2. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.

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