Oude IJsselstreek

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Oude IJsselstreek
Skyline of Varsselder
Skyline of Varsselder
Flag of Oude IJsselstreek
Coat of arms of Oude IJsselstreek
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Oude IJsselstreek in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°53′N 6°23′E / 51.883°N 6.383°E / 51.883; 6.383Coordinates: 51°53′N 6°23′E / 51.883°N 6.383°E / 51.883; 6.383
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Established 1 January 2005[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Hans Alberse (PvdA)
 • Total 137.94 km2 (53.26 sq mi)
 • Land 136.40 km2 (52.66 sq mi)
 • Water 1.54 km2 (0.59 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 15 m (49 ft)
Population (May 2014)[5]
 • Total 39,582
 • Density 290/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 7050–7084
Area code 0315
Website www.oude-ijsselstreek.nl

Oude IJsselstreek is a municipality in the eastern Netherlands. It was established on 1 January 2005 through a merger of the former municipalities Gendringen and Wisch.

Geography and population centres[edit]

The municipality belongs to the transition area between the rivers in the south, coming from Germany (Rhine and Issel), and the sandy soils of the Eastern Netherlands.

It has 15 population centres. Formerly from Gendringen

Formerly from Wisch (Gelderland)

Terborg is the only population centre with city rights, but the largest one is Ulft with 10,000 inhabitants. The municipality of Oude IJsselstreek is considered to be divided into three units. The centres along the river Oude IJssel (Ulft, Gendringen, Etten on the left border, Silvolde and Terborg on the right) constitute the urban belt, Varsseveld in the east of the municipality is a rural village and the other centres are the external territories. The municipality plans to make Ulft the local centre.



Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Oude IJsselstreek, 2013.


Former DRU factory, with the characteristic water tower, at the river Oude IJssel

In this essentially rural municipality, there have been some places where iron ore was mined and processed. From the several enterprises the DRU (Diepenbrock en Reigers te Ulft) was the largest, it closed in Ulft in 2003. Since 2009 the DRUfabriek is a cultural centre that gives home to the local library of Ulft, a theater, a Turkish cultural centre, a regional centre for vocational education and other facilities. In its conference room the meetings of the municipal council take place.

International affairs[edit]

Oude IJsselstreek is a member of the Ring of the European Cities of Iron Works and hosted the annual convention of 2010.


  1. ^ "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 2005" [Municipal divisions on 1 January 2005]. cbs.nl (in Dutch). CBS. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Leden van het college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Oude IJsselstreek. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Postcodetool for 7081BN". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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