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Harbour of Genemuiden
Harbour of Genemuiden
Flag of Zwartewaterland
Coat of arms of Zwartewaterland
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Zwartewaterland in a municipal map of Overijssel
Location in Overijssel
Coordinates: 52°35′N 6°6′E / 52.583°N 6.100°E / 52.583; 6.100Coordinates: 52°35′N 6°6′E / 52.583°N 6.100°E / 52.583; 6.100
Country Netherlands
Province Overijssel
Established 1 January 2001[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Eddy Bilder (CDA)
 • Total 87.86 km2 (33.92 sq mi)
 • Land 82.69 km2 (31.93 sq mi)
 • Water 5.17 km2 (2.00 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 1 m (3 ft)
Population (August 2017)[5]
 • Total 22,394
 • Density 271/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 8060–8064, 8280–8299
Area code 038
Dutch Topographic map of Zwartewaterland, Sept. 2014

Zwartewaterland (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌzʋɑrtəˈʋaːtərlɑnt] (About this sound listen)) is a municipality in the province Overijssel in the eastern Netherlands.


This mainly rural municipality lies south of Steenwijkerland on the Zwarte Water (Black Water). This is a short tributary of the river IJssel from Zwolle to the Zwarte Meer (Black Lake). This lake was before 1931 a part of the Zuiderzee. The Vecht also flows into the Zwarte Water. Hasselt lies about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Zwolle.

Genemuiden and Zwartsluis lie 5 km further north, almost opposite one another, near the Zwarte Water. Aquatic sport tourism is important to the local economy.

Population centres[edit]

The most important places are printed in bold type.

Hasselt and Zwartsluis have small ports with some industry. Genemuiden is the biggest of the three towns, and is home to the majority of Zwartewaterland's population and industry.


  • A small part of the wetland area and National Park "De Wieden" (see Steenwijkerland) lies here, immediately north of Zwartsluis
  • Genemuiden has a big yacht basin, Zwartsluis a smaller one.
  • The centre of Hasselt is picturesque, with a town hall built between 1550 and 1615 and several old houses (1650-1800).
  • Saint Stephen's Church in the centre of Hasselt is interesting. This church, Late Gothic, built in 1466, has frescoes on the ceilings and a remarkable church organ. Every year on the feast of Corpus Christi a Roman Catholic pilgrimage to Hasselt is held, with a procession. For that purpose a special church was built in 1933.


  1. ^ "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 2001" [Municipal divisions on 1 January 2001]. (in Dutch). CBS. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Samenstelling college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Zwartewaterland. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Postcodetool for 8061CB". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 

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