The town of Nieuw-Vennep in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer
In 2006 it had about 30,000 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 3.71 km2, and contained 7,513 residences. The wider statistical area of Nieuw-Vennep has a population of around 40,000. In 2001, the town of Nieuw-Vennep had 17,886 inhabitants.
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Northwest of present day Nieuw-Vennep lay the island Vennip or Vennep, to which Nieuw-Vennep owes its name, meaning "New Vennep". Nieuw-Vennep is one of two towns officially founded after the lake Haarlemmermeer was made into a dry land polder in 1852. The other town was Hoofddorp, at the time still named Kruisdorp. Until 1868 Nieuw-Vennep was called Venneperdorp, both towns have used their current name since that time.
The first inhabitants were farm laborers living under poor circumstances. As a result of the conditions the town was nicknamed De Krim, in reference to the Crimea war fought between 1853 and 1856. As Hoofddorp became the governmental and economic center of the municipality, the development of Nieuw-Vennep lagged behind. On 2 November 1862 the Dutch Reformed Church "de Witte Kerk" was initiated.
Railway station: Nieuw-Vennep
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001 . Statistics are for the continuous built-up area.[dead link]
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Gemeente Op Maat 2004: Haarlemmermeer .[dead link]
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