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Harbour of Tholen
Harbour of Tholen
Flag of Tholen
Coat of arms of Tholen
Highlighted position of Tholen in a municipal map of Zeeland
Location in Zeeland
Coordinates: 51°32′N 4°12′E / 51.533°N 4.200°E / 51.533; 4.200Coordinates: 51°32′N 4°12′E / 51.533°N 4.200°E / 51.533; 4.200
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorGer van de Velde-de Wilde (VVD)
 • Total254.00 km2 (98.07 sq mi)
 • Land146.71 km2 (56.65 sq mi)
 • Water107.29 km2 (41.42 sq mi)
Elevation−1 m (−3 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total26,085
 • Density178/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
4675, 4690–4699
Area code0166, 0167

Tholen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtoːlə(n)] (listen)) is a 25,000 people municipality in the southwest of the Netherlands. The municipality of Tholen takes its name from the town of Tholen, which is the largest population center in the municipality.

The municipality consists of two peninsulas, formerly islands, the larger one on the south also called Tholen, the smaller one on the north called Sint Philipsland. The two are separated by the former strait, now bay, of Krabbenkreek. The municipality is bordered on the east by the Eendracht, once a Scheldt branch but now part of the Scheldt-Rhine Canal, crossed by three road bridges, by the Oosterschelde estuary to the south, the straits of Keeten-Mastgat to the west and the Krammer strait to the north.

The town has a small historical center partly surrounded by a "gracht" and partly bordered by a harbour for fishing boats and yachts.

Population centers[edit]

Dutch Topographic map of Tholen, June 2015

On the island Sint Philipsland there are three villages:

On the island Tholen there are seven population centers:

Twin town[edit]

Tholen is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

  • Ghiselin Danckerts (ca.1510 in Tholen – 1567) a Dutch composer, singer and music theorist
  • Sir Cornelius Vermuyden 1595 in Sint-Maartensdijk – 1677) a Dutch engineer who introduced Dutch land reclamation methods to England
  • Maertin Cornelissen Geldersman, who bought a farm named Rosevelt ("rose field") in Tholen, which gave its name to his descendants Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanore Roosevelt, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.[5]
  • Chris Lanooy (1881 in Sint-Annaland - 1948) a Dutch potter, designer, ceramist, painter, draftsman and sculptor, and he produced stained-glass art
  • Leen Quist (1942 in Sint Philipsland – 2014) a Dutch ceramist, liked a perfect finish and geometric (blue) lines
  • Elly Plooij-van Gorsel (born 1947 in Tholen) a Member of the European Parliament




  1. ^ "College van B&W" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Tholen. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 4691DZ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  5. ^ Hants, Patrick (2003). Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press.

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