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Zevenaar municipality
Flag of the municipality of Zevenaar
Coat of arms of the municipality of Zevenaar
coat of arms
province Gelderland Gelderland
mayor Luciën van Riswijk ( CDA )
Seat of the municipality Zevenaar
 - land
 - water
106.11  km 2
92.87 km 2
13.24 km 2
CBS code 0299
Residents 43,515 (Jan 31, 2019)
Population density 410 inhabitants / km 2
Coordinates 51 ° 56 '  N , 6 ° 5'  E Coordinates: 51 ° 56 '  N , 6 ° 5'  E
Important traffic route A12 E35 N336 N338 N810 N811 N812
prefix 0313, 0316
Postcodes 6901-6905, 6909, 6911, 6913-6917, 6986-6988
Website Homepage of Zevenaar
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Oud-Zevenaar, church (de Sint Martinuskerk) seen from the street
Oud-Zevenaar, church (de Sint Martinuskerk) seen from the streetTemplate: Infobox location in the Netherlands / maintenance / picture 1

Zevenaar ( listen ? / I ) is a Dutch municipality in the province of Gelderland and had 43,515 inhabitants on January 31, 2019, according to the CBS . Its area is now 106.11 km². Audio file / audio sample

With the municipality reform on January 1, 2005, the northern municipality of Angerlo on the southern bank of the IJssel with Angerlo and the parish villages of Giesbeek and Lathum as well as the farming communities of Bahr and Bingerden (around 5,000 inhabitants in total) was dissolved and became part of the municipality of Zevenaar. On January 1, 2018, the municipality of Rijnwaarden (with Lobith, Pannerden, Tolkamer, Spijk, Aerdt and Herwen) joined the municipality of Zevenaar.


The following localities belong to the municipality (number of inhabitants in brackets; as of January 1, 2019):

Locality Residents annotation
Zevenaar 25,282 Headquarters of the municipal administration
Lobith 3,106
Giesbeek 2,814
Tolkamer 2,766
Panner earth 2,385
Babberich 1,862
Lathum 1,395
Angerlo 1.306
Herwen 1,018
Aerdt 864
Spijk 674

Location and economy

The Pannerdens Canal , a section of the Rhine that divides into Nederrijn and IJssel, and the location of Zevenaar

Zevenaar is not far from the IJssel and the Rhine in the Liemers region , ten kilometers east of Arnhem on the autobahns (Autosnelweg) A12 and A18 and on the railway lines Arnhem – Doetinchem and Arnheim – Oberhausen .

Since April 6, 2017, the Rhein-IJssel-Express has been offering regional transport from Arnhem via Zevenaar and Emmerich to Düsseldorf.

The location near the border has meant that many transport and logistics companies have their headquarters in Zevenaar. Also u. a. Ink and furniture made, and a noticeably large number of auto businesses.


In 1382, the Duchy of Cleves wrested the strategically located village of Sevenaer from the Count of Geldern . The Klever gave the place, which never had more than 1000 inhabitants, the Klever town charter in 1487 . Sevenaer had a castle, and was surrounded by city walls with four gates. In the 18th century it came to Prussia . Because there was greater religious freedom in Prussia, the Catholics, who had to cede their churches to the Protestants in the neighboring Netherlands , could continue to use the places of worship and hold processions , which was forbidden in the Netherlands at the time. In 1816 Zevenaar came to the Kingdom of the Netherlands , together with Wehl (now Doetinchem municipality ) and a few other places in the area .

It was connected to the railroad network in 1855 and developed into a typical border town with a transport company, etc. The ink manufacturer Max von Gimborn founded an ink factory there in 1907, which in the 1950s caused great soil pollution . Zevenaar was badly damaged in World War II . After around 1950 the city developed strongly and cheaply.

The Zevenaar railway station used to be a border station with change locomotives and customs controls. International (express) trains no longer stop here today. A direct rail connection to Germany did not run until spring 2017, although a regional train line ( RB 34 "Der Arnheimer" ) between Emmerich and Arnheim with a stop in Zevenaar had been planned since 1998 and also as a weekend trial run from December 2005 to June 2006 was offered.


Distribution of seats in the municipal council

Local elections 2017
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p

The municipal council has been formed as follows since 1982:

Political party Seats
1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2004 a 2010 2014 2017 b
Local concern - - - - - - 5 9 10 10
CDA 8th 6th 8th 7th 4th 8th 7th 5 4th 7th
PvdA 4th 6th 5 4th 8th 6th 5 3 2 3
PPR - - - - - - - -
VVD 4th 3 2 2 3 4th 2 2 2 2
SP - - - - 2 2 2 1 2 2
D66 0 - 2 3 1 1 0 1 2 1
Sociaal Zevenaar - - - - - - - 1 1 1
GroenLinks - - - - - - 1 1 0 1
Pak Aan c - - - - - - 1 - - -
Landelijk Zevenaar 5 6th 4th 5 3 - - - - -
total 21st 21st 21st 21st 21st 21st 23 23 23 27
a Due to the incorporation of Angerlo into Zevenaar on January 1, 2005, the municipal council elections took place in 2004.
bDue to the incorporation of Rijnwaarden into Zevenaar on January 1, 2018, the municipal council elections took place on November 22, 2017.
a In the local council elections in 2010, the Pak Aan party went into Lokaal Belang.

College of Mayors and Aldermen

For the 2018–2022 period, the CDA and Lokaal Belang parties have formed a coalition. The Lokaal Belang party provides the college with three councilors, while the CDA contributes two councilors. On January 2, 2018, they were appointed as part of a municipal council meeting. The following people belong to the staff and work in the following areas:

function Surname Political party Department annotation
mayor Luciën van Riswijk CDA Mayor tasks: public order and security as well as harassment (alcohol and drug consumption); (Intermunicipal) cooperation, communication, burden and complaint handling, citizen participation, improvement of the (administrative) culture, representation, monitoring and enforcement, legal matters, responsible for the villages Spijk and Herwen in office since December 20, 2018
Alderman Nanne van Dellen Local concern financial policy, financial-technical matters, contact with the supervisory authority (province), internal control, financial legality and expediency, scan of the budget, regular P&C instruments, risk policy, taxes, spatial development (housing and commercial areas), real estate, sports and - facilities, Ataro sports company, subsidy and accommodation policy (harmonization), responsible for the villages of Giesbeek and Babberich -
Anita van Loon Local concern social competence area: social welfare law, youth, welfare; Action against alcohol and drug consumption, public health, education, art and culture: artwork, commissariat for the media; regional archives, responsible for the villages of Lathum and Pannerden -
Belinda Elfrink CDA social competence area: work and income, employment rate; Poverty policy and debt counseling, insolvency, foreigner policy, economy and job opportunities, agriculture and horticulture, recreation and tourism, nature and landscape, responsible for the city of Zevenaar -
Carla Koers CDA Environment and sustainability, cultural heritage and monuments, cleaning and waste, mobility and accessibility, infrastructure, traffic and transport, parking spaces, public transport, responsible for the villages of Angerlo and Aerdt -
Hans Winters Local concern Services, personnel and organization, information technology and management, public space, spatial planning: environmental law, housing; City and village redesign, water (security), responsible for the villages Lobith, Ooy, Oud-Zevenaar en Tolkamer -
Community Secretary Michel Tromp - - in office since January 2018


  • the Romanesque church (built around 900) in the village of Oud-Zevenaar
  • the marinas and water sports areas on the IJssel near Lathum
  • the annual rifle festivals and processions in several places in the community
  • the museum stone factory at Ooy
  • the manor house Bingerden in Angerlo
  • the village of Babberich, on the German border, with campsites and the Halsaf manor
  • Rederij Witjes offers boat trips from the place “Tolkamer” on the Rhine and Waal in the direction of Nijmegen.


Sons and daughters of the church

Individual evidence

  1. Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand . In: StatLine . Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Dutch)
  2. ^ Zevenaar in cijfers Gemeente Zevenaar (Dutch)
  3. VRR signs transport contract with Abellio. (No longer available online.) Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr , June 13, 2013, archived from the original on August 12, 2014 ; Retrieved August 12, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.vrr.de
  4. Result of the local elections: 2014 2017 , accessed on July 25, 2018 (Dutch)
  5. ↑ Allocation of seats in the municipal council: 1982–2004 2010 2014 2017 , accessed on July 25, 2018 (Dutch)
  6. College en coalitieakkoord nieuwe gemeente Zevenaar rond. In: Omroep Gelderland. December 19, 2017, accessed July 25, 2018 (Dutch).
  7. Samenstelling college van B&W Gemeente Zevenaar, accessed on July 25, 2018 (Dutch)
  8. Karin Mulder: Luciën van Riswijk nieuwe burgemeester van Zevenaar. In: de Gelderlander . Wegener, November 8, 2018, accessed December 29, 2018 (Dutch).

Web links

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