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Coat of arms of Ootmarsum
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Siepelstad
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Ootmarsum in the municipality of Dinkelland.
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Ootmarsum in the municipality of Dinkelland.
Coordinates: 52°24′26″N 6°53′58″E / 52.40722°N 6.89944°E / 52.40722; 6.89944Coordinates: 52°24′26″N 6°53′58″E / 52.40722°N 6.89944°E / 52.40722; 6.89944
Country Netherlands
Province Overijssel
Municipality Dinkelland
Population (2008)
 • Total 4,450
Demonym(s) Ootmarsumers
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Ootmarsum is a town in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is a part of the municipality of Dinkelland, and lies about 10 km north of Oldenzaal.

In 2001, the town of Ootmarsum had 4227 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 1.5 km², and contained 1620 residences.[1] The statistical area "Ootmarsum", which also can include the peripheral parts of the town, as well as the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 3650.[2]

Statue of the "Poaskearls" (Easter Men) in Ootmarsum, referring to an Easter ritual.
Ootmarsum, view to the town
Ootmarsum, view to a street: Grotestraat-Almelosestraat


Around 770 one of the first churches of Twente was built in Ootmarsum. In November 917, Radboud, bisshop of Utrecht, died in Ootmarsum. Around 1000, Ootmarsum was one of the largest parishes in Twente.

Ootmarsum received city rights in 1325. The town was then converted into a fortress with ditches and earthworks.[3] In the 16th century Ootmarsum was occupied by the Spanish during the Eighty Years War but in 1597 was captured by Maurice, Prince of Orange. A cannonball from the siege can be seen today still embedded in the church.

Ootmarsum was a separate municipality until 2001, when it became a part of Dinkelland,[4] together with Denekamp and Weerselo.

Born in Ootmarsum[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
  2. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005. As of 1 January 2005.
  3. ^ "Ontstaan van de stad Ootmarsum / Stadsplattegrond" [Origination of the town of Ootmarsum / City map]. hello-ootmarsum.nl. HELLO. October 3, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.

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