Aerial view over Moerdijk (Zevenbergen in centre)
Location in North Brabant
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Jac Klijs (CDA)|
|• Total||184.03 km2 (71.05 sq mi)|
|• Land||159.24 km2 (61.48 sq mi)|
|• Water||24.79 km2 (9.57 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
|• Density||232/km2 (600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The municipality of Moerdijk was founded in 1997 following the merger of the municipalities of Fijnaart en Heijningen, Klundert, Standdaarbuiten, Willemstad, and Zevenbergen. At that time the new municipality was called Zevenbergen. The name changed to Moerdijk in 1999.
Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Moerdijk, June 2015
The village of Moerdijk
The village of Moerdijk is one of the smaller villages of the municipality. Population as of 2002 is 1,205. Moerdijk is however a well-known name in the Netherlands, because of the large Moerdijk industrial area, with a large power plant, and because of the well-known Moerdijk bridges (highway and railway bridges) across the Hollands Diep. This was the last bridge available for the retreat from the vital Scheldt Estuary of the rapidly collapsing German defences near Antwerp in World War II. (Noteworthy as well, the Moerdijk bridges were one of the first targets of guided, or "smart bombs"- by American heavy bombers in late 1944.)
Moerdijk made headlines on January 5, 2011, because of a large fire at Chemie-Pack (a firm processing numerous chemicals) causing a large cloud of toxic smoke to blow over the surrounding area, mostly to the north of Moerdijk.
Above the Moerdijk (meaning "north of Moerdijk") is used as an expression in Belgium and the southern parts of the Netherlands to mean "in the Netherlands" or "in Holland".
Below the Moerdijk (meaning "south of Moerdijk" or "below the major rivers") is also a Dutch expression for the Catholic provinces North Brabant and Limburg. This expression is used particularly around Mardi Gras in relation to the region's traditional carnival culture, which (with a few local exceptions) does not exist north of the major rivers.
- Dordrecht (Ddr)
- Dordrecht Zuid (Ddzd) (mun. Dordrecht)
- Lage Zwaluwe (Zlw) (mun. Moerdijk)
- Zevenbergen (Zvb) (mun. Moerdijk)
- Oudenbosch (Odb) (mun. Halderberge)
- Roosendaal (Rsd) edit
Close to Hollands Diep, the area is now used for industrial movements by water, with great inland access as well the access into the North Sea, transport company Van der Vlist have their own port located in the area, and many other transport companies have nearby offices.
- "Portefeuilleverdeling College" [Task division board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Moerdijk. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 4761BJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
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