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Valkenswaard

Valkenswaard
Municipality
Church in Valkenswaard
Church in Valkenswaard
Flag of Valkenswaard
Flag
Coat of arms of Valkenswaard
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Valkenswaard in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates:
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Anton Ederveen (CDA)
Area[2]
 • Total 56.49 km2 (21.81 sq mi)
 • Land 55.01 km2 (21.24 sq mi)
 • Water 1.48 km2 (0.57 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 25 m (82 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 30,336
 • Density 551/km2 (1,430/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Valkenswaarder
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 5550–5556
Area code 040
Website .nl.valkenswaardwww

Valkenswaard (   ) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands, in the province of North Brabant. The municipality had a population of 30,336 in 2014 and spans an area of 56.49 km2 (21.81 sq mi) of which 1.48 km2 (0.57 sq mi) is water.

The name Valkenswaard stems from its history of falconers, who caught wild falcons there; valk is Dutch for "falcon". It lay on a route where falcons migrated south each year. In the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, Valkenswaardian falconers were active at many European courts, in which falconing was a beloved pastime. Valkenswaard's falcon-catching area has now been built over and falcons are no longer caught there.

In the 19th and 20th century, a number of large cigar factories were founded in Valkenswaard, the two most renowned of which being Willem II and Hofnar.

The spoken language is Kempenlands (an East Brabantian dialect, which is very similar to colloquial Dutch).[5]

Population centres

Topography

Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Valkenswaard, June 2015

Partner municipalities

Notable people born in Valkenswaard

References

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  5. ^ Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105

External links

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  • Official website
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