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Neder-Betuwe municipality
Flag of the municipality of Neder-Betuwe
Coat of arms of the municipality of Neder-Betuwe
coat of arms
province Gelderland Gelderland
mayor Jan Kottelenberg ( CDA )
Seat of the municipality Opheusden
 - land
 - water
67.46  km 2
59.99 km 2
7.47 km 2
CBS code 1740
Residents 24,058 (Jan 31, 2019)
Population density 357 inhabitants / km 2
Coordinates 51 ° 56 '  N , 5 ° 38'  E Coordinates: 51 ° 56 '  N , 5 ° 38'  E
Important traffic route A15 E31 N233 N320 N323
prefix 0344, 0488
Postcodes 4033, 4041, 4043, 4051, 4053-4054, 6669
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Neder-Betuwe ( listen ? / I ) is a municipality in the Dutch province of Gelderland . It has a total area of ​​67.46 km² and, according to the CBS, had 24,058 inhabitants on January 31, 2019 . Audio file / audio sample


The following villages with more than 1000 inhabitants are located in the municipality (order: decreasing size):

  • Opheusden (where the municipal administration is located and from where you can go cycling across the river dikes)
  • Kesteren
  • Dodewaard
  • Ochten
  • Echteld (with a church from the 14th century)
  • IJzendoorn

There are also a few small towns.

Location and economy

The community forms the western part of the Betuwe , the landscape between the Rhine and Waal , which owes its name to the Batavern . Rhenen and Wageningen are to the north of the community, across the Rhine .

The Tiel - Nijmegen railway (with small stations in Kesteren, Dodewaard and Opheusden) and the A15 Rotterdam –Tiel – Arnhem / Nijmegen motorway run through the municipality .

The Dodewaard nuclear power plant , which was shut down in 1997, is located in the village of Dodewaard . There are also several small industrial and trading companies (including a slaughterhouse), and especially in Opheusden there are many tree nurseries , a lot of fruit growing (apples, pears and cherries) and agriculture.

IJzendoorn has an alternate port for river navigation.


The area was already inhabited by bearers of the Vlaardingen culture in the Neolithic Age . Later there were settlements of the Romans and the Batavern allies with them .

  • For the Roman past of the place see also the main article Carvo .

The area was uninhabited from the 3rd to the 10th century. After that people settled again, in the 14th century the better damming of the rivers enabled a significant increase in population.

In Dutch terms, the Reformation was going on here rather slowly. The last monastery closed its doors around 1620. The village of Opheusden is now considered extremely strictly Calvinist .

From 1672 to 1674 the area was occupied by the French, which rightly had devastating consequences. The 18th century saw improvements in tobacco growing and better farming practices, but then came a period of river flooding that left many of their belongings or even their lives.

Between 1870 and 1920 there was work in stone factories; However, when they went bankrupt and the increased water pollution in the Rhine made fishing impossible, the men of the Neder-Betuwe looked for work abroad, including a. in the Ruhr area .

The Second World War brought a lot of suffering and devastation, especially from September 1944, when the Betuwe was a no man's land between the warring parties, partly flooded.

After the liberation, the villages, u. a. thanks to Marshall's help, rebuilt. The fact that the rivers are still a danger for the Betuwe people became apparent when the dike near Ochten threatened to break in 1995 and all places had to be temporarily evacuated. Priority was given to improving the dikes.


Distribution of seats in the municipal council

Local elections 2018
n. k.
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p

The municipal council has been formed as follows since 2006:

Political party Seats
2006 2010 2014 2018
SGP 6th 7th 8th 8th
PvdA 6th 5 4th 3
Community concerns 2 2 2 3
CDA 2 2 3 2
VVD 2 2 1 2
ChristenUnie 1 1 1 1
D66 - 0 0 -
total 19th 19th 19th 19th


Jan Kottelenberg ( CDA ) has been the acting mayor of the municipality since April 7, 2017 . His colleagues include the alderman Hans Keuken ( SGP ), Nees van Wolfswinkel (SGP), Herma van Dijkhuizen (CDA), Stefan van Someren ( VVD ) and the municipal secretary Gerrit Stam.


Web links

Commons : Neder-Betuwe  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand . In: StatLine . Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Dutch)
  2. Result of the local elections: 2014 2018 , accessed on July 16, 2018 (Dutch)
  3. ↑ Allocation of seats in the municipal council: 2006 2010 2014 2018 , accessed on July 16, 2018 (Dutch)
  4. January Kottelenberg nieuwe burgemeester van Neder-Betuwe. In: Omroep Gelderland. January 26, 2017, accessed July 16, 2018 (Dutch).
  5. Gemeente Neder-Betuwe (Gelderland) Overheid in Gelderland, accessed on July 16, 2018 (Dutch)