Coordinates: 52°12′N 4°38′E / 52.200°N 4.633°E / 52.200; 4.633
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Water tower
Water tower
Roelofarendsveen is located in South Holland
Location in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands
Roelofarendsveen is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 52°12′N 4°38′E / 52.200°N 4.633°E / 52.200; 4.633
ProvinceSouth Holland
MunicipalityKaag en Braassem
 • Total7.76 km2 (3.00 sq mi)
Elevation−0.9 m (−3.0 ft)
 • Total10,070
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code071
Major roadsA4

Roelofarendsveen (Dutch pronunciation: [ruloːˌfaːrəntsˈfeːn]) is a town in the west of the Netherlands. It is located in the municipality of Kaag en Braassem, South Holland, about 10 km east of Leiden.


The village was first mentioned in 1575 as "Roelifaerts Veen", and means "bog of Roelof Aertszoon" who was probably the peat concession holder.[3] Roelofarendsveen is a road village which developed along the bank of the Braassemermeer [nl]. Later it developed into a horticulture centre.[4]

The polder mill Googermolen was built in 1717. It might have been rebuilt in 1830s. It was definitely restored in 1839. In 1956, a pumping station was added, and the wind mill now operates on a voluntary basis.[5] The Catholic St Petrus' Banden Church is an aisleless church with detached tower built between 1969 and 1970 as a replacement of the 1856 church.[4]

Roelofarendsveen was home to 1,205 people in 1840.[6] After World War II, the town Roelofarendsveen and the village Oude Wetering have merged to form one built-up area.[4]


Notable people[edit]

  • Femke Heemskerk, international swimmer, gold medallist in the 100m freestyle event at the 2014 World Short Course Championships


  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 4 May 2022. minus Oude Wetering
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 2371AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Roelofarendsveen - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Ronald Stenvert & Sabine Broekhoven (2004). "Roelofsarendsveen" (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. ISBN 90-400-9034-3. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Googermolen". Molen database (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Roelofarendsveen". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 May 2022.