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Church in Lathum
Church in Lathum
Flag of Zevenaar
Coat of arms of Zevenaar
Highlighted position of Zevenaar in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°55′N 6°4′E / 51.917°N 6.067°E / 51.917; 6.067Coordinates: 51°55′N 6°4′E / 51.917°N 6.067°E / 51.917; 6.067
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorLuciën van Riswijk
 • Total106.10 km2 (40.97 sq mi)
 • Land92.60 km2 (35.75 sq mi)
 • Water13.50 km2 (5.21 sq mi)
Elevation12 m (39 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total43,488
 • Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
6900–6909, 6986–6988
Area code0313, 0316
Dutch Topographic map of Zevenaar, Sept. 2014

Zevenaar (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzeːvənaːr] (listen)) is a municipality and a city in the Gelderland province, in the eastern Netherlands near the border with Germany.

Population centres[edit]


The earliest signs of human activity are remnants of a 700 BC settlement found near present-day Zevenaar. In 1049, Emperor Hendrik III donated a large amount of land to five warlords of which the leader was named Bartholomeus II of Sevenaer. They founded a castle to protect the old Roman settlements from the Germans.

In 1355 Sevenaer passed from the control of the county/Duchy of Guelders (to which the modern Dutch province of Gelderland refers) to the Duchy of Cleves (Cleveland).

In 1487, the duke of Cleves gave Sevenaer city rights. Sevenaer was an important strategic point –this border area between Gelderland and Cleveland, was the border between the regions that would, over the centuries, be controlled from different centers of power – the modern states of The Netherlands and Prussia (later, Germany). Some of the Castles and houses in Zevenaar have foundations dating back to the 14th Century Huize Sevenaer.

When Sevenaer obtained city rights it had the monopoly on markets and on sale of bread and beer with the surrounding towns. Also the jurisdiction in Sevenaer was founded, the town government was charging taxes so that the town could build roads, railways and public buildings. For the 500 inhabitants that was a heavy tax.[citation needed] Because of the plundering by several armies there were not enough supplies and money to build anything. Also contagious diseases ensured much embarrassment. In that time not the citizens but some well-to-do families got the right to participation in policy and government. Sevenaer then experienced a prosperous period.

In 1614 Sevenaer as part of the Duchy of Cleves fell under control of the Margraviate of Brandenburg which would eventually become part of Prussia.

In 1793 the city had 900 inhabitants.

In 1816, Sevenaer became part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Two years later the old spelling of Sevenaer was changed to the current name: Zevenaar. The municipality then had 2564 inhabitants. The 19th century was a century of poverty, bad harvests, sicknesses and hunger. There was hardly trade and work. Many people lived by agriculture or from charity. In 1856, Zevenaar was connected to the European railroad system, which (just some decades later) led to the increase in workforce.

In 1920, the cigarette factory Turmac came which insured much employment.

After the second World War, which caused a lot of damage, people started to rebuild and new residential areas arose around the old core. In the 1950s approximately 10,000 people lived in Zevenaar. By 2005, that number had more than doubled to 22,500 inhabitants. The municipality of Zevenaar consists of the following residential areas, which together have 31.840 inhabitants in January 2007.(source: CBS)

  • Angerlo
  • Babberich
  • Giesbeek
  • Lathum
  • Ooy
  • Old Zevenaar
  • Zevenaar,

Notable residents[edit]

Linda Wagenmakers, 2009


Phillip Cocu, 2014

Image gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "College van B&W" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Zevenaar. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  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 6901AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 3 May 2019

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