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Former municipality
Skyline of Alkemade
Flag of Alkemade
Coat of arms of Alkemade
Coat of arms
Location of Alkemade
Coordinates: 52°12′N 4°35′E / 52.20°N 4.58°E / 52.20; 4.58Coordinates: 52°12′N 4°35′E / 52.20°N 4.58°E / 52.20; 4.58
ProvinceSouth Holland
MunicipalityKaag en Braassem
 • Total30.91 km2 (11.93 sq mi)
 • Land26.97 km2 (10.41 sq mi)
 • Water3.93 km2 (1.52 sq mi)
 (1 January 2007)
 • Total14,535
 • Density539/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
 Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Alkemade (About this soundpronunciation ) is a former municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. Before its merger with Jacobswoude, the municipality covered an area of 30.91 km² (11.93 mile² ) of which 3.94 km² (1.52 mile²) is water. It had a population of 14,481 in 2004.

The municipality of Alkemade comprised the communities of Kaag, Nieuwe Wetering, Oud Ade, Oude Wetering, Rijpwetering, and Roelofarendsveen. There is no settlement called Alkemade itself.

The municipality has many greenhouses and 13 windmills, one of which dates from 1632. Water sports are popular here because of its location on the lakes Kagerplassen and Braassemermeer.

On January 1, 2009, Alkemade and Jacobswoude merged and formed the new municipality of Kaag en Braassem.

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