Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten

Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten (pronounced [ˌnynə(n) ˌɣɛrʋə(n) ɛn neːdərˈʋɛtə(n)] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality consisting of the larger village of Nuenen and two adjacent smaller ones. It is located in the province of Noord-Brabant, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of Eindhoven, the fifth largest city in the Netherlands. From being a small farmers town of less than 1000 inhabitants around 1950 Nuenen grew steadily as ever more new employees of Philips and the Eindhoven University (TUE) chose Nuenen as their new home.

Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten
Windmill De Roosdonck in Nuenen
Windmill De Roosdonck in Nuenen
Flag of Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten
Coat of arms of Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°29′N 5°33′E / 51.483°N 5.550°E / 51.483; 5.550Coordinates: 51°29′N 5°33′E / 51.483°N 5.550°E / 51.483; 5.550
ProvinceNorth Brabant
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorMaarten Houben (CDA)
 • Total33.94 km2 (13.10 sq mi)
 • Land33.71 km2 (13.02 sq mi)
 • Water0.23 km2 (0.09 sq mi)
Elevation16 m (52 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total23,186
 • Density688/km2 (1,780/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code040
Dutch Topographic map of Nuenen, June 2015

Population centresEdit

  • Eeneind
  • Gerwen
  • Nederwetten
  • Nuenen
  • Opwetten
  • Stad van Gerwen


A battle fought in Nuenen during World War II was shown in an episode of the miniseries Band of Brothers. The historical battle took place there during Operation Market-Garden in September 1944.


Municipal governmentEdit

As of the 2018 municipal election, The municipal council of Nuenen contains eight parties. The municipal executive consists of four coalition parties: W70 Nuenen, GreenLeft (GL), Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and Naturally Nuenen (Socialist Party before), the latter of which has an independent Alderman.

Party Seats
W70 Nuenen
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Labour Party
Democrats 66
Christian Democratic Appeal
Naturally Nuenen
Combination Nuenen c.a.

Notable peopleEdit

Vincent van GoghEdit

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) spent two years in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885. His father lived and worked there as the Protestant pastor in the largely catholic environment. Van Gogh lived in the small carriagehouse next to the beautiful pastor's house, which is well preserved and visited by art lovers from all over the world. Van Gogh was extremely productive in his years in Nuenen. It is referred to as his so-called dark or sombre period. Here he painted his famous painting The potato eaters as well as Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen (Het uitgaan van de hervormde kerk te Nuenen). The latter painting was stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in December 2002.

Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

Edsger DijkstraEdit

Edsger Dijkstra (1930–2002), Dutch computer scientist, then a professor in the Mathematics Department at the Technical University of Eindhoven, moved to a newly built house in Nuenen in 1964. Nuenen was added to the world map of computer science in 1973 when Dijkstra started to circulate his reports signed ‘Burroughs Research Fellow’ with his home address. Many thought that Burroughs, a company known at that time for the production of computers based on an innovative hardware architecture, was based in Nuenen. In fact, Dijkstra was the only research fellow of Burroughs Corporation and worked for it from home, occasionally travelling to its branches in the USA. Dijkstra moved in 1984 to the University of Austin, Texas, USA, until his retirement in the autumn of 1999. Dijkstra returned from Austin, terminally ill, to his original house in Nuenen in February 2002, where he died half a year later, on 6 August 2002. [5]




  1. ^ "College van B en W" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten. Archived from the original on 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 5671CK". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ Krzysztof R. Apt. "OBITUARY: Edsger Wybe Dijkstra (1930–2002): A Portrait of a Genius" (PDF). Formal Aspects of Computing (2002) 14: 92–98. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  6. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 23 December 2019

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