Son en Breugel

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Son en Breugel
Monumental home in Son
Monumental home in Son
Flag of Son en Breugel
Coat of arms of Son en Breugel
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Son en Breugel in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°31′N 5°30′E / 51.517°N 5.500°E / 51.517; 5.500Coordinates: 51°31′N 5°30′E / 51.517°N 5.500°E / 51.517; 5.500
ProvinceNorth Brabant
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorHans Gaillard (VVD)
 • Total26.51 km2 (10.24 sq mi)
 • Land25.95 km2 (10.02 sq mi)
 • Water0.56 km2 (0.22 sq mi)
Elevation16 m (52 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total16,763
 • Density646/km2 (1,670/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0499

Son en Breugel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsɔn ɛn ˈbrøːɣəl] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality in the southern Netherlands just outside Eindhoven. The municipality covers an area of 26.51 km2 (10.24 sq mi) of which 0.56 km2 (0.22 sq mi) is water. It had a population of 16,763 in 2017. Son en Breugel used to be two different villages: 'Son' and 'Breugel', with the stream the Dommel separating the two villages. Son en Breugel also borders the following larger municipalities: Eindhoven, Meierijstad, Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten, and Best. The spoken language is North Meierijs (an East Brabantian dialect, which is very similar to colloquial Dutch).[5]

Population centres[edit]


Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Son en Breugel, June 2015


The villages of Son and Breugel were founded between the 12th and 14th centuries. The villages developed quickly; some 300 households (150 household for each village) occupied the two villages during the 15th century.

According to Karel van Mander's 1604 Schilder-boeck,[6] the painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born in the village of Breugel.

Both Son as well as Breugel were hit badly during the Eighty Years' War, and the number of households in the two villages shrank down to approximately 140 (which translates to approximately 600 - 800 inhabitants). However, both villages managed to recover from this setback.

During the reign of Napoleon, both villages were finally combined into one municipality. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the population stayed relatively stable at about 1,500 inhabitants. However, between 1910 and 1940 the population increased from 1,600 to 3,500 inhabitants when people started moving to the village for economic reasons. It was the scene of heavy fighting at the end of the Second World War, particularly during Operation Market Garden. From 1960 onwards, Son en Breugel continued to grow. As of August 2002, the number of inhabitants was estimated at 15,000.


Currently, the number of households in Son en Breugel has reached 6,000. The combined village is expected to grow by about 3,000 households in the coming years, a growth of 50% (to be confirmed after a MER investigation as of March 2008), the result of which would prevent the municipality from being absorbed within the larger neighbouring municipality of Eindhoven.

Starting early 2009, a new neighbourhood will be developed within the combined village. This neighbourhood, called 'Sonniuspark', will contain 600 households and will be finished in 2013.


Parties Seats 2006-2010 Seats 2010-2014 Seats 2014-2018 Seats 2018-2022
Village Interests Son en Breugel 4 7 5 2
Village Vision Son en Breugel 3 4 5 6
VVD 3 3 3 3
CDA 3 2 2 3
GreenLeft - PvdA 3 1 2 2
D66 - - - 1
Van Aken List 1 - - -
Total 17 17 17 17

Coalition 2006-2010: VVD, CDA and GreenLeft-PvdA (together 9 seats out of 17).


  1. ^ "Samenstelling college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Son en Breugel. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 5691AL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105
  6. ^ van Mander's Bruegel biography in Dutch

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