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Krimpenerwaard landscape on an October morning in 2009
Krimpenerwaard landscape on an October morning in 2009
Flag of Krimpenerwaard
Coat of arms of Krimpenerwaard
Highlighted position of Krimpenerwaard in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates: 51°59′N 4°47′E / 51.983°N 4.783°E / 51.983; 4.783Coordinates: 51°59′N 4°47′E / 51.983°N 4.783°E / 51.983; 4.783
ProvinceSouth Holland
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorPieter Paans (VVD)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0180/0182
1837 map of the Krimpenerwaard
Vlist polder. The Vlist River is in the distance near the houses.

Krimpenerwaard (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkrɪmpənərˌʋaːrt]) is a municipality, a region and a former water board of the Netherlands. It is a rural area located in the east of the province of South Holland, just south of Gouda and east of the Rotterdam conurbation. It is bordered on the north by the river Hollandse IJssel, on the south by the river Lek and on the east by the stream Vlist.[3]

Krimpenerwaard obtains its name from the fact that "Krimp" used to mean a bend in a river and "Waard" is the Dutch word for an interfluvial area between the winter dikes of different river channels (in this case, the Lek and the Hollandse IJssel).[4] There are other such waarden in this area. The Lopikerwaard lies to the east; the Zuidplaspolder to the west. The name Krimpenerwaard first appeared in the historical records in 944.

The municipality is named after the region Krimpenerwaard and was formed by a merger of the municipalities of Nederlek, Ouderkerk, Vlist, Bergambacht and Schoonhoven on 1 January 2015.[5]


The towns and villages in the Krimpenerwaard are:



Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Krimpenerwaard, June 2015

Notable people[edit]

Reinier de Graaf, ca.1670
Wim Kok, 1994




  1. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ This is a translation of the article by the same name on the Dutch version of Wikipedia.
  4. ^ Wang, Y.; Koopmans, B. N.; Pohl, C. "The 1995 Flood in the Netherlands Monitored from Space - a Multisensor Approach".
  5. ^ "Herindeling vijf gemeenten Krimpenerwaard". Binnenlands Bestuur (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  6. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 26 August 2019

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