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Helmond

Helmond
Municipality
Helmond Castle
Helmond Castle
Flag of Helmond
Flag
Coat of arms of Helmond
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Helmond in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates:
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Elly Blanksma-van den Heuvel (CDA)
Area[2]
 • Total 54.75 km2 (21.14 sq mi)
 • Land 53.23 km2 (20.55 sq mi)
 • Water 1.52 km2 (0.59 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 18 m (59 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 89,472
 • Density 1,681/km2 (4,350/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Helmondenaar, Helmonder, Helmonter
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 5700–5709
Area code 0492
Website .nl.helmondwww
Dutch Topographic map of Helmond (city), March 2014

Helmond (Dutch pronunciation: ; called Héllemond in the local dialect) is a municipality and a city in the province of North Brabant in the southern Netherlands.

Helmond has many textile companies. The Vlisco factory is located next to the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal which runs through the city.[5]

The name 'Helmond' can be traced back to a combination of Hel, which means "low-lying" (from Proto-Germanic *haljæ / contemporary Hel), and Mond, which would refer to a higher ground, secure place. The name has nothing to do with the contemporary literal translation of Hell Mouth.[6] In 1241 a first coat of arms was created, containing a helmet as a reference to the word Helmond, since this early in history the historical meaning of the city name was already lost to its inhabitants. This helmet would symbolize the fortified medieval town. Originally a medieval pot helmet, this was later adapted to a new fashion style and is now a tournament helmet. The oak branches symbolizing freedom. The bird in the branches is a medieval decoration and has no meaning.

The spoken language is Helmonds (an East Brabantian dialect).[7]

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Transport 3
  • Politics 4
    • Municipal council 4.1
  • Notable residents 5
  • Twin towns — sister cities 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Geography

Helmond is subdivided into quarters and neighbourhoods:[8]

  • Quarter 11 Inner City
    • Neighbourhood 0 Centrum
    • Neighbourhood 2 Leonardus
    • Neighbourhood 3 Heipoort
    • Neighbourhood 4 Stationsgebied
    • Neighbourhood 5 Vossenberg
    • Neighbourhood 6 Annabuurt en Suytkade
    • Neighbourhood 7 Steenweg en omgeving
  • Quarter 11 Helmond-East
    • Neighbourhood 0 Beisterveld
    • Neighbourhood 1 Beisterveldse Broek
    • Neighbourhood 2 Straakven
  • Quarter 12 Helmond-North
    • Neighbourhood 0 Bloemvelden
    • Neighbourhood 1 Binderen
    • Neighbourhood 2 Eeuwsels
  • Quarter 13 Mierlo-Hout
    • Neighbourhood 0 't Hout-Centrum
    • Neighbourhood 1 Kroon
    • Neighbourhood 2 Akkers
    • Neighbourhood 3 Gansenwinkel
    • Neighbourhood 9 Groot Goor
  • Quarter 14 Brouwhuis
    • Neighbourhood 0 Brouwhuis-Dorp
    • Neighbourhood 1 Brouwhuis-West
    • Neighbourhood 2 Brouwhuis-Oost
    • Neighbourhood 4 Brouwhorst
    • Neighbourhood 9 Kloostereind
  • Quarter 15 Helmond-West
    • Neighbourhood 0 West
    • Neighbourhood 1 Houtsdonk
  • Quarter 16 Warande
    • Neighbourhood 0 Oranjebuurt
    • Neighbourhood 1 Zwanenbeemd
    • Neighbourhood 9 Overbrug
  • Quarter 17 Stiphout
    • Neighbourhood 0 Stiphout-Dorp
    • Neighbourhood 1 Schooten
    • Neighbourhood 9 Geeneind
  • Quarter 18 Rijpelberg
    • Neighbourhood 1 Rijpelberg-Oost
    • Neighbourhood 2 Rijpelberg-West
    • Neighbourhood 9 Berkendonk
  • Quarter 19 Dierdonk
    • Neighbourhood 0 Kern Dierdonk
    • Neighbourhood 9 Scheepstal
  • Quarter 21 Brandevoort
    • Neighbourhood 1 De Veste
    • Neighbourhood 2 Schutsboom
    • Neighbourhood 3 Stepekolk
    • Neighbourhood 4 Berenbroek
  • Quarter 29 Industrial park-South
    • Neighbourhood 1 Hoogeind
    • Neighbourhood 2 B.Z.O.B.

History

First settlements in the area were around 1000, and Helmond was granted city rights in approximately 1232. The centre of Helmond has a castle which was built by Jan III van Berlaer around 1350.

Transport

Railway stations: Helmond, Helmond Brouwhuis, Helmond Brandevoort, Helmond 't Hout

Politics

Municipal council

The municipal council consists of 37 seats. Below the council since 1998:

Seats
Partij 1998 2002 2006 2010
SDOH-D66-HB* - - - 8
CDA 8 7 8 7
PvdA 7 5 9 6
VVD 4 5 4 5
Helder Helmond - - 2 3
SP 3 3 4 3
GroenLinks 2 1 1 2
Trots op Nederland - - - 2
Helmond Aktief - 1 1 1
Senioren 2 3 1 -
D66 1 1 1 -*
Helmondse Belangen 2 5 2 -*
SDH-OH 6 6 4 -*
Total 35 37 37 37
  • The political parties SDH-OH, Helmondse Belangen, and D66 form 1 parliamentary group in the council, but took part in the elections separately. In the elections they received 4, 2 and 2 seats respectively.

Representatives of the blue colored parliamentary groups form the executive coalition.

Notable residents

See also People from Helmond

Twin towns — sister cities

Helmond is twinned with:

References

  1. ^ "Mw. Elly Blanksma- Van den Heuvel" (in Dutch). Gemeente Helmond. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch).  
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 5707BX". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch).  
  5. ^ Vlisco Véritable Hollandais
  6. ^ Onder de Biesbosch, Historisch-geografische en naamkundige bouwstenen voor een reconstructie van het in 1421 verdronken middeleeuwse cultuurlandschap van de Groote Waard. Tijdschrift voor Waterstaatsgeschiedenis (2006); webversie 2007. (PDF) In Dutch. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  7. ^ Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105
  8. ^ "CBS StatLine - Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2004-2010". Statline.cbs.nl. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Eurotowns". 
  10. ^ "Zielona Góra Miasta partnerskie". Urząd Miasta Zielona Góra. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

External links

  • Official Website (Dutch)
  • Helmond travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
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