Harbour of Enkhuizen
Location in North Holland
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Jan Baas (PvdA)|
|• Total||116.25 km2 (44.88 sq mi)|
|• Land||12.42 km2 (4.80 sq mi)|
|• Water||103.83 km2 (40.09 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)|
|Population (May 2014)|
|• Density||1,480/km2 (3,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Enkhuizen was one of the harbour-towns of the VOC, just like Hoorn and Amsterdam, from where overseas trade with the East Indies was conducted. It received city rights in 1355. In the mid-17th century, Enkhuizen was at the peak of its power and was one of the most important harbour cities in the Netherlands. However, due to a variety of reasons, notably the silting up of the harbours, Enkhuizen lost its position to Amsterdam.
Enkuizen has one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. Zuiderzeemuseum is located in Enkhuizen. Architecturally, the Drommedaris is the oldest building in Enkhuizen, from 1540. Tourists take boat trips to from the port to Medemblik.
Industrially, Enkhuizen is home to a number of seed production companies, as well as a plastics factory. Tourism is a large part of the economy, too.
The municipal council of Enkhuizen consists of 17 seats, which are divided as follows:
- SP - 3 seats
- VVD/D66 - 3 seats
- PvdA - 3 seats
- Nieuw Enkhuizen - 3 seats
- CDA - 2 seats
- ChristenUnie/SGP - 1 seat
- Lijst Quasten - 1 seat
- GroenLinks - 1 seat
- Gerbrand Bakker (1771-1828), physician, professor at the University of Groningen
- Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (1533/34-1606), chief officer, cartographer
- Paulus Potter (1625-1654), painter
- Gerrit Zalm (born 1952), banker, former minister of finance
- Wijda Mazereeuw (born 1953), swimmer
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