Papendrecht (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpaːpə(n)drɛxt] (audio speaker iconlisten)) 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 32,290 in 2019 and covers an area of 10.79 km2 (4.17 sq mi) of which 1.38 km2 (0.53 sq mi) is water.

Drawbridge in Papendrecht
Drawbridge in Papendrecht
Flag of Papendrecht
Coat of arms of Papendrecht
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
 • MayorAnnemiek Jetten (acting) (PvdA)
 • Total10.79 km2 (4.17 sq mi)
 • Land9.41 km2 (3.63 sq mi)
 • Water1.38 km2 (0.53 sq mi)
Elevation−1 m (−3 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total32,290
 • Density3,431/km2 (8,890/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code078
Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Papendrecht, June 2015

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.


The largest company headquartered in Papendrecht is Royal Boskalis Westminster.

The aerospace company Fokker Technologies is also headquartered in Papendrecht.

Detail of Papendrecht from 1615.


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.

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  1. ^ "Burgemeester Moerkerke" [Mayor Moerkerke] (in Dutch). Gemeente Papendrecht. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  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 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. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 03 February 2020
  6. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 03 February 2020

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