Velsen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvɛlzə(n)] ) is a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. It is located on both sides of the North Sea Canal.

Aerial view of Velsen
Aerial view of Velsen
Flag of Velsen
Coat of arms of Velsen
Highlighted position of Velsen in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°28′N 4°37′E / 52.467°N 4.617°E / 52.467; 4.617
ProvinceNorth Holland
RegionAmsterdam metropolitan area
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorFrank Dales (D66)
 • Total63.17 km2 (24.39 sq mi)
 • Land45.20 km2 (17.45 sq mi)
 • Water17.97 km2 (6.94 sq mi)
Elevation6 m (20 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total68,617
 • Density1,518/km2 (3,930/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
1950–1951, 1970–1992, 2070–2082
Area code023, 0251, 0255
Velsen, monumental house

On the north side of the North Sea Canal there is a major steel plant, Tata Steel IJmuiden, formerly known as Koninklijke Hoogovens (the town of IJmuiden is actually located south of the canal). The headquarters of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij is located in IJmuiden.

The Kennemerstrand beach on the south side of the canal is at the end of the Kennemerboulevard, which runs south of the Seaport Marina.

To the south is the beach of Bloemendaal aan Zee. In between is a nude beach.

Population centres edit

The municipality of Velsen consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts:


Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Velsen, June 2015

Transport edit

In Velsen, there are the following connections across the North Sea Canal:

Also there used to be the Fast Flying Ferry to Amsterdam.[6] There used to be a railway link between IJmuiden and Amsterdam, the IJmondlijn until 1999, when it was closed.

Local government edit

Velsen in 1867. The North Sea Canal is shown as planned and partially under construction.

The municipal council of Velsen consists of 33 seats, which are divided now (2022) as follows:

History edit

The ruins of a Roman naval base at Velsen discovered starting in 1945 are believed to be ancient Flevum,[7][8] which is listed as Phleoum, Romanized to Phleum, in Ptolemy (2.10).[dubious ]

Twin towns edit

Velsen is twinned with

Notable people edit

Pim Fortuyn, 2002
Lenneke Ruiten, 2015

Sport edit

Olga Commandeur, 2008

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Waarnemend burgemeester A.E. Koopmanschap" [Interim Mayor A.E. Koopmanschap] (in Dutch). Gemeente Velsen. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  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 1971EN". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
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  7. ^ Image of Roman Flevum
  8. ^ Boffey, Daniel (December 26, 2021). "Large Roman fort built by Caligula discovered near Amsterdam". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  9. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 11 December 2019
  10. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 12 December 2019
  11. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 11 December 2019

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