Bunschoten (pronounced [ˈbʏnsxoːtə(n)] (listen)) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht. It lies about 7 km north of Amersfoort. Its territory comprises the original municipality of Bunschoten (created in 1204 by the bishop of Utrecht) and the former municipality of Duyst, De Haar and Zevenhuizen, which was a part of Hoogland from 1854 until 1971.
Countryside in Bunschoten
Location in Utrecht
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Melis van de Groep (CU)|
|• Total||34.81 km2 (13.44 sq mi)|
|• Land||30.38 km2 (11.73 sq mi)|
|• Water||4.43 km2 (1.71 sq mi)|
|Elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Bunschoten was first named in 1294. It was located on the border between Utrecht and Guelders, and it suffered a number of times from invasions from Guelders. In 1383, the bishop of Utrecht gave Bunschoten city rights, which allowed the citizens to build an earthen wall around the town. The fortifications and a part of the town were destroyed at Christmas 1427 in a war between two rival bishops, and were never rebuilt.
The municipality of Bunschoten consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts:
- Bert Groen (born 1945) a Dutch politician, former Mayor of Bunschoten
- Melis van de Groep (born 1958 in Bunschoten) a Dutch politician, Mayor of Bunschoten since 2006
- Job Koelewijn (born 1962 in Spakenburg) a Dutch conceptual artist, sculptor, installation artist, performance artist and photographer
- Gijsbert Bos (born 1973 in Spakenburg) a retired footballer with over 150 club caps
- Kevin van Diermen (born 1989 in Spakenburg) a Dutch professional footballer with over 200 club caps
- Aileen de Graaf (born 1990 in Spakenburg) a Dutch darts player playing in the British Darts Organisation.
- "Samenstelling college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Bunschoten. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
- "Postcodetool for 3752CL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.