Zuidvleugel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzœy̯tˌfløːɣəɫ], a Dutch geographical term literally meaning the "South Wing") is a way of describing the band of cities and towns located along the southern wing of the Randstad in the Netherlands. It is that part of the Randstad that is located in the Province of South Holland. This developing conurbation extends around 60 kilometres from Dordrecht to Leiden. The two main focal points are the area around Rotterdam (called Rijnmond) and the area around The Hague (called Haaglanden).
With a population of around 3.5 million people, the Zuidvleugel is one of the largest urban areas in Europe.
The centre of the Zuidvleugel lies in the middle of Rotterdam and The Hague, near Delft.
This area includes the following:
- the Drechtsteden and some more of the Hoeksche Waard: Binnenmaas, Oud-Beijerland
- the region of Zuid-Holland West
- the Rijnmond area around Rotterdam
- the Haaglanden area around The Hague
- a small part of the region of Zuid-Holland Oost: Gorinchem, Hardinxveld-Giessendam
Consideration is being given to creating a Rotterdam-The Hague metropolitan region. This would be the centre of the Zuidvleugel, which is larger and includes other towns like Dordrecht and Leiden.
- http://www.zuidvleugel.nl/ (in Dutch only)
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