Ede, Netherlands

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City and Municipality
Ede city centre
Ede city centre
Flag of Ede
Coat of arms of Ede
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Ede in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 52°3′N 5°40′E / 52.050°N 5.667°E / 52.050; 5.667Coordinates: 52°3′N 5°40′E / 52.050°N 5.667°E / 52.050; 5.667
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Cees van der Knaap (CDA)
 • Total 318.62 km2 (123.02 sq mi)
 • Land 318.25 km2 (122.88 sq mi)
 • Water 0.37 km2 (0.14 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 30 m (100 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 110,779
 • Density 348/km2 (900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Edenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 6710–6745, 6877
Area code 0318
Website www.ede.nl
Dutch Topographic map of Ede (town), March 2014

Ede (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈeːdə]) is a municipality and a city in the center of the Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland.

Population centres[edit]

Community (population):

The town of Ede[edit]


The town itself is situated halfway between the larger cities of Arnhem and Utrecht with direct rail and road connections to both cities. There are no connections to any water nearby; however, there also is a direct road connection to the city of Wageningen which hosts a small industrial port on the river Rijn and a direct road and rail connection to the city of Arnhem, which features larger port at a greater distance. The environment is clean and green due to the fact Ede is partly built in a forest and partly on the central Dutch plains in the national park called Nationaal Park "De Hoge Veluwe".


Economically, the town of Ede is doing fairly well thanks to the proximity of major highways and railways which offer fast connections to the port of Rotterdam, Schiphol airport and the Ruhr Area in Germany. The main sources of employment used to be a factory belonging to the Dutch Enka company and the three military bases situated in the northeast of the town. The factory however, has been closed and the military bases are largely underused since conscription was abolished. The town's economy is lately becoming more focused on national tourism from the more densely populated western cities like Amsterdam and Den Haag, and on education such as local colleges and the large Wageningen University in the city of Wageningen.

Some of the more notable or larger companies and other employers in and around Ede are:


Ede is situated along the A12 motorway and has a direct link to the A1 via the A30.

There are two stations in Ede: Ede-Wageningen railway station and Ede Centrum railway station. Ede-Wageningen is the main station with services to Alkmaar, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Arnhem, Barneveld, Den Helder and Utrecht.

Ede Centrum is served by trains from Amersfoort and Barneveld to Ede-Wageningen.


There are four secondary schools in Ede: Marnix College,[11] Pallas Athene College,[12] one division of Het Streek[13] and Groenhorst College[citation needed]. In addition, Ede has a university of applied sciences, the Christian University of Applied Sciences Ede (Christelijke Hogeschool Ede).[14]

Social life[edit]

Walderveen Windmill

Each year, there is a municipality-wide celebration called Heideweek (Week of the heather) which lasts a week largely involves traditional Dutch festivities, along with local customs. During the week, a Queen of the heather and a Princess of the heather are elected from several candidates and will be the representative for the municipality of Ede on various other festivities, until next year when another a new queen and princess are elected.

Twin cities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Ede. Retrieved 18 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 6711DD". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 18 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. ^ Homepage Plantion, visited 3 October 2010
  6. ^ Infopage Lukkien Heliport and Approach Map
  7. ^ Contact-page KCHealthcare website, visited 3 October 2010
  8. ^ Contact page on Dutch website of company, visited 3 October 2010
  9. ^ "Deli XL BV: Private Company Information - Businessweek". Businessweek.com. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Contact page on BIT website, visited 2 October 2010
  11. ^ Marnix College
  12. ^ Pallas Athene College
  13. ^ Het Streek
  14. ^ Christelijke Hogeschool Ede

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