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Gilze en Rijen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɣɪlzə ʔɛn ˈrɛiə(n)] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality in the southern Netherlands. The municipality contains four villages: Rijen, Gilze, Hulten and Molenschot. It is home to the Gilze-Rijen Air Base.

Gilze en Rijen
Square in Gilze
Square in Gilze
Flag of Gilze en Rijen
Coat of arms of Gilze en Rijen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Gilze en Rijen in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°35′N 4°55′E / 51.583°N 4.917°E / 51.583; 4.917Coordinates: 51°35′N 4°55′E / 51.583°N 4.917°E / 51.583; 4.917
ProvinceNorth Brabant
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorJan Boelhouwer (PvdA)
 • Total65.66 km2 (25.35 sq mi)
 • Land65.49 km2 (25.29 sq mi)
 • Water0.17 km2 (0.07 sq mi)
Elevation10 m (30 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total26,259
 • Density401/km2 (1,040/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0161

Rijen grew in the 19th century due to its leather factories.

Population centresEdit



Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Gilze en Rijen, June 2015


Railway Station: Gilze-Rijen


The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Gilze en Rijen has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[5]

On 24 July 2019, temperatures in Gilze en Rijen reached as high as 39.2°C, the highest temperature ever recorded in The Netherlands until it was surpassed by Eindhoven the same day.[6][7] However, a day later, on 25 July, temperatures in Gilze en Rijen reached 40.7°C, making it the first place ever in The Netherlands where 40°C was measured and took away the record back from Eindhoven.[8] Climate change was found to be the culprit of such hot temperatures in Netherlands.[9]

Notable peopleEdit

Jeroen Blijlevens, 2006

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "College van B en W" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Gilze en Rijen. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 5121JX". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Gilze en Rijen, Netherlands
  6. ^ Hoogste temperatuur ooit in Nederland: 39,2 graden gemeten in Gilze-Rijen
  7. ^ Eindhoven hitterecordhouder met 39,3 graden, Gilze-Rijen en Ell op 39,2
  8. ^ Historisch heet: 40+ in vijf provincies, ook hitterecords in andere EU-landen
  9. ^

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