Spakenburg

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Spakenburg
Skyline of Spakenburg
Location of Spakenburg
Location of Spakenburg
Coordinates: 52°15′11″N 5°22′42″E / 52.25306°N 5.37833°E / 52.25306; 5.37833
Country Netherlands
Province Utrecht
Municipality Bunschoten
Population (1 January 2006) 19.468
Website http://www.bunschoten.nl

Coordinates: 52°15′N 5°22′E / 52.250°N 5.367°E / 52.250; 5.367 Spakenburg is a Dutch village north of Bunschoten. Spakenburg is formally called Bunschoten-Spakenburg since its fusion with Bunschoten. The village lies south of the IJsselmeer in the municipality Bunschoten, Utrecht. It is one of the few places left in the Netherlands where some women still wear local traditional clothes.

In the 20th century, the two villages have grown quickly, and since about 1965 they form one single town, officially named Bunschoten.

The football teams IJsselmeervogels and SV Spakenburg are located there. Also the basketball team BC Shooters is located there.

On every Wednesday in August, there is an event in Spakenburg called the Spakenburgse Dagen, in which people dress up in local traditional clothing and dance and generally celebrate. There is a roundabout, a clown for the children, a big market and music.

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