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Nieuwegein municipality
Flag of the municipality of Nieuwegein
Coat of arms of the municipality of Nieuwegein
coat of arms
province Utrecht Utrecht
mayor Frans Backhuijs ( VVD )
Seat of the municipality Nieuwegein
 - land
 - water
25.68  km 2
23.75 km 2
1.93 km 2
CBS code 0356
Residents 63,132 (Jan 31, 2019)
Population density 2458 inhabitants / km 2
Coordinates 52 ° 2 '  N , 5 ° 5'  E Coordinates: 52 ° 2 '  N , 5 ° 5'  E
Important traffic route A2 E25 A12 E30 E35 A27 E311 N408 N409
prefix 030
Postcodes 3430-3439
Website Homepage of Nieuwegein
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Nieuwegein ( listen ? / I ) is a Dutch city ​​in the province of Utrecht and, according to the CBS, had 63,132 inhabitants on January 31, 2019 . Audio file / audio sample


The urban area is immediately south of the city of Utrecht . Nieuwegein was formed in the 1970s from the previous municipalities of Vreeswijk and Jutphaas. Vreeswijk is located with its center directly on the Lek , one of the Dutch arms of the Rhine. Several canals run through the Nieuwegein area: the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal , the Lek Canal and the Merwede Canal . Nieuwegein is located east of the A2 motorway (Utrecht - Den Bosch ), south of the A12 motorway (Utrecht - The Hague / Rotterdam ) and west of the A27 ( Hilversum - Utrecht-Ost - Breda ). The city does not have a rail connection, but by the sneltram called light rail , which almost exclusively on its own track body to achieve runs in 15 to 20 minutes from Utrecht Central Station.


Thousands of commuters who work in the city of Utrecht live in Nieuwegein; the city was expanded as much as it is now in the 1970s. But there are also many companies that had their office buildings built in one of the Nieuwegein industrial areas between 1975 and 2000. The service sector is the most important factor in the economy of this municipality. Nieuwegein also has a hospital, a theater, many schools, old people's homes, etc.


In the 13th century there was a town called Het Gein here . This had received a river tariff from the German emperor around 1295. In 1333 it fell victim to a civil war and was destroyed. The place Vreeswijk is said to have been a Frisian settlement. It had significant locks that were destroyed in another civil war in 1481 and then renewed. The village of Jutphaas arose in the Middle Ages along the Kromme Rijn river . It was a not insignificant shipping settlement in the 17th century. In May 1940 the city was occupied by the German Wehrmacht ( western campaign against France); She was liberated at the end of 1944.

As already mentioned, these villages were merged in 1971 to form the new municipality of Nieuwegein; A modern city center was created between the old cores.

Daughters and sons of the city


  • The Vreeswijk Museum Shipyard, a museum for inland navigation, opened in 2006
  • In the Roman Catholic Church there is a remarkable reredos , which was created around 1500 by an unknown South German master.
  • The two castles Rijnhuizen and Oudegein (cannot be viewed from the inside) date from the 17th century.

Town twinning


Web links

Commons : Nieuwegein  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand . In: StatLine . Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Dutch)
  2. ↑ The Dutch give up their friendship with Poland