Papendrecht (About this soundpronunciation ) is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland, at the crossing of the River Beneden Merwede and the Noord River. The municipality had a population of 32,256 in 2017 and covers an area of 10.79 km2 (4.17 sq mi) of which 1.31 km2 (0.51 sq mi) is water.

Drawbridge in Papendrecht
Drawbridge in Papendrecht
Flag of Papendrecht
Coat of arms of Papendrecht
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Papendrecht in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates: 51°50′N 4°41′E / 51.833°N 4.683°E / 51.833; 4.683Coordinates: 51°50′N 4°41′E / 51.833°N 4.683°E / 51.833; 4.683
ProvinceSouth Holland
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorAart-Jan Moerkerke (VVD)
 • Total10.79 km2 (4.17 sq mi)
 • Land9.48 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
 • Water1.31 km2 (0.51 sq mi)
Elevation−1 m (−3 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total32,256
 • Density3,403/km2 (8,810/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code078

Although Papendrecht is first mentioned in documents dating back to 1105, it remained a small settlement until the 1950s. In the 1960s its development accelerated and almost its entire area is now urbanized. It is, however, known for its 180-year-old linden tree by the river.

Detail of Papendrecht from 1615.




The largest company headquartered in Papendrecht is Royal Boskalis Westminster.

The aerospace company Fokker Technologies is also headquartered in Papendrecht.


Papendrecht has three water taxi stops, one at the Beneden Merwede River, one at the Noord River, and one near Kooihaven. Bus services are provided by Arriva. Bus service Qliner ( part of Arriva ) has got a stop in Papendrecht for its bus service from Dordrecht to Utrecht and back.


  1. ^ "Burgemeester Moerkerke" [Mayor Moerkerke] (in Dutch). Gemeente Papendrecht. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 3351PB". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  4. ^ "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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