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Vertical-lift bridge over the Gouwe in Waddinxveen
Vertical-lift bridge over the Gouwe in Waddinxveen
Flag of Waddinxveen
Coat of arms of Waddinxveen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Waddinxveen in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates: 52°3′N 4°39′E / 52.050°N 4.650°E / 52.050; 4.650Coordinates: 52°3′N 4°39′E / 52.050°N 4.650°E / 52.050; 4.650
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Evert Jan Nieuwenhuis (SGP)
 • Total 29.40 km2 (11.35 sq mi)
 • Land 27.90 km2 (10.77 sq mi)
 • Water 1.50 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Elevation[3] −2 m (−7 ft)
Population (August 2017)[4]
 • Total 27,213
 • Density 975/km2 (2,530/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Waddinxvener
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode 2740–2743
Area code 0182
Website www.waddinxveen.nl
Dutch Topographic map of Waddinxveen, July 2013

Waddinxveen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌʋɑdɪŋksˈfeːn] (About this sound listen)) is a town and municipality along the Gouwe river in the western Netherlands in the province of South Holland near Gouda. The municipality had a population of 27,213 in 2017 and covers an area of 29.40 km2 (11.35 sq mi) of which 1.50 km2 (0.58 sq mi) is water.

In Waddinxveen, there's the so-called 'Vergeten Plek' (Dutch for 'Forgotten Place'). This is the lowest place in the Dutch polders. It's 7.01 meters below Amsterdam Ordnance Datum.[citation needed]

Partner city of Waddinxveen is Pelhřimov in the Czech Republic.


The first reference to the area is from 1233, when on April 20, Floris IV, Count of Holland, sold an area of peat lands along the Gouwe River for 200 Dutch pounds to Nicolas of Gnepwijk, Lord of Aalsmeer and Woubrecht. The area was given the name "Waddinxvene". Because of this event, Waddinxveen celebrated its 750-year anniversary in 1983.

Between 1817 and 1870, Waddinxveen was dissolved and its area split into the municipalities of Noord-Waddinxveen and Zuid-Waddinxveen.[5] Due to further expanding, those two municipalities reunited into one.

Born in Waddinxveen[edit]



  1. ^ "Samenstelling college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Waddinxveen. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 2741HR". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006, p. 191 (Online edition Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine.)
  6. ^ http://members.casema.nl/stamesko/dutchpainters.htm. Retrieved May 4, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]

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