|— Municipality —|
|• Total||72.05 km2 (27.82 sq mi)|
|• Land||69.51 km2 (26.84 sq mi)|
|• Water||2.53 km2 (0.98 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January, 2007)|
|• Density||559/km2 (1,450/sq mi)|
|Source: CBS, Statline.|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Population centres Edit
Some people state that Groot Corlaer is a population centre on his own, but officially it's part of the city of Nijkerk
Railway station: Nijkerk
The city of Nijkerk EditThe name Nijkerk stems from Nieuwe Kerk (Dutch for New Church). This new church was built when the old chapel was destroyed by fire in 1221. Nijkerk was strategically located between the Duchy of Guelders (Dutch: Hertogdom Gelre) and the Bishopric of Utrecht. Because of this strategic location Nijkerk regularly was the scene of war, and in 1412 the village was completely destroyed. It was restored and Nijkerk received city rights in 1413. In 1421 the church that gave Nijkerk its name burnt down and was replaced; this happened several times, until a new church was built in the 18th century which still stands today. The organ in this church was built in 1756.
Since World War II Nijkerk is growing fast. It lies on the border of the IJsselmeer which allows for transportation of goods via ships, and the intersection of two major motorways, the A1 and A28. This allowed local industries to grow, and also caused a lot of people who work in the nearby Randstad to move to the more quiet Nijkerk. Also the easy access to the Veluwe is a contributing factor to this growth.
|Party||Number of seats|
|Christen-Unie and SGP||5|
On August 24th, 2011, the municipality announced that Nijkerk had passed the mark of 40,000 inhabitants. This should mean that after the next election the city council would be extended by 2 seats, but because of government spending reductions this is not yet certain.
|Climate data for Nijkerk|
|Average high °C (°F)||5|
|Average low °C (°F)||0|
|Precipitation mm (inches)||70|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||52||83||114||160||205||188||197||193||132||105||58||41||1,528|
Famous people from Nijkerk Edit
- Bernardus Johannes Alfrink (1900-1987), Cardinal
- Arent Van Curler (1620-1667), founder of Schenectady, New York
- Christiaan Eijkman (1858-1930), Nobel Prize winner
- James Kwast (1852-1927), pianist and teacher
- Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), priest and writer
- Kiliaen van Rensselaer (before 1596 - after 1642), merchant and Hudson Valley patroon.
Twin town Edit
- ^ http://www.nijkerk.eu/document.php?m=3&fileid=6519&f=a32450a43754f02e311ac1bb6c145835&attachment=1&c=2637 Municipal press release (dutch) about 40,000th inhabitant
- ^ "Het Weer in Nijkerk. Bekijk Weersverwachting van Nijkerk | Zoover". Zoover.nl. http://www.zoover.nl/nederland/gelderland/nijkerk/weer. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
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