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|mayor||Laurens de Graaf ( CDA )|
|Seat of the municipality||Lopik|
|79.40 km 2
76.43 km 2
2.97 km 2
|Residents||14,485 (Jan 31, 2019)|
|Population density||182 inhabitants / km 2|
|Important traffic route|
|Website||Homepage of Lopik|
The municipality consists of the following villages:
- Lopik (seat of the municipal administration, several schools and other institutions)
- Willige Langerak (total population of these three places about 7,900)
- Lopikerkapel (about 1,000 inhabitants)
- Polsbroek (about 1,200 inhabitants; beautiful village church built in the 14th century, renovated in 1830)
- Benschop (including the hamlet of Polsbroekerdam about 3,500 inhabitants)
- Jaarsveld (just over 300 inhabitants)
- Uitweg (less than 50 inhabitants).
Location and economy
Lopik lies in the polder landscape of the "Lopikerwaard", which was diked in the 11th century, north of the Lek , in the extreme southwest of the province. Neighboring communities are Schoonhoven , IJsselstein , Montfoort and Oudewater . There are no railways or highways here. The largest towns, Lopik and Benschop, former farming villages, are easily accessible by bus from Utrecht and other cities.
For centuries, the community has been of particular importance for agriculture and livestock farming.
Location for transmission systems
Lopik is the location of several transmission systems. From 1938 to 2015, the Lopik transmitter , a transmission mast for the transmission of the medium wave frequency 675 kHz , was located near the municipality, but on the grounds of the municipality of IJsselstein . There is also the tallest tower in Western Europe, the Gerbrandytoren .
The municipality tries to promote "gentle tourism" by creating cycle routes in the picturesque polderland.
One of the largest truck meetings in Europe takes place in Lopik every year in August. The so-called Nog Harder Lopik (Lopik even harder) The most exclusive trucks in Europe can be admired at the meeting.
Lopik maintains a partnership with the following European cities, which in turn all have partnerships with one another (ring partnership):
- Website of the municipality (Dutch)
- MW transmitter mast Lopik. In: Structurae
- Gerbrandyturm. In: Structurae