Zaanstad [ˈzaːnstɑt] (listen) is a Dutch municipality in the province of North Holland, situated northwest of Amsterdam. Its main city is Zaandam. It is part of the conurbation and metropolitan area of Amsterdam. It had a population of 154,442 in 2017.
Windmill Het Pink
Location in North Holland
|Established||1 January 1974|
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Jan Hamming (PvdA)|
|• Total||83.24 km2 (32.14 sq mi)|
|• Land||73.88 km2 (28.53 sq mi)|
|• Water||9.36 km2 (3.61 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
|• Density||2,090/km2 (5,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Parts of 1500 range
The municipality of Zaanstad is also mainly a conurbation itself and consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Assendelft, Koog aan de Zaan, Krommenie, Westzaan, Wormerveer, Zaandam, Zaandijk. However, being surrounded by countryside and due to its relatively protracted shape that follows the river Zaan, a rural atmosphere is always nearby.
Railway stations in ZaanstadEdit
The municipal council of Zaanstad consists of 39 seats, which are divided as follows:
Notable tourist attractionsEdit
Notable people from ZaanstadEdit
- Pieter Jansz. Saenredam (1597-ca.1665) a painter of the Dutch Golden Age
- Pieter Bleeker (1819–1878) medical doctor, ichthyologist, and herpetologist
- Anton Mauve (1838–1888) realist painter, leading member of the Hague School 
- Christiaan Eijkman (1858–1930) physician and professor of physiology, joint winner the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1929 for the discovery of vitamins
- Jan Verkade (1868-1946) post-Impressionist and Christian Symbolist painter
- Piet Zwart (1885–1977), graphic designer, industrial designer and typographer
- Adriaan Pelt (1892–1981) journalist, international civil servant and diplomat
- Dick Laan (1894–1973) children's writer and film pioneer 
- Johannes Kleiman (1896–1959) resident who helped hide Anne Frank and her family
- 20th century
- Cornelis Zwikker (1900–1985) scientist, mostly in physics, chemistry and acoustics
- E. G. van de Stadt (1910–1999) yacht designer
- Simon de Wit (1912–1976) rower and CEO of the supermarket chain Simon de Wit
- Aafje Heynis (1924–2015) contralto
- Hanneke Ippisch (1925–2012), member of the Dutch resistance in World War II
- Piet Kee (1927–2018) organist and composer
- Gerrit Jan Heijn (1931–1987) businessman with Ahold, kidnapped and murdered
- Floris Takens (1940–2010), mathematician
- Han Bennink (born 1942), jazz drummer and percussionist
- Willem Ouweneel (born 1944) biologist, philosopher and theologian
- Tom Viezee (born 1950) Christian minister and former politician, Mayor of Zeewolde 1999-2004
- Kathinka Pasveer (born 1959) flautist
- Emine Bozkurt (born 1967), politician
- Ali B (born 1981), Dutch rap musician
- Jaap Boot (1903-1986) athlete, bronze medallist in the 1924 Summer Olympics
- Jaap Kraaier (1913–2004) flatwater canoeist, bronze medallist at the 1936 Summer Olympics
- Nicolaas Tates (1915–1990) canoeist, bronze medallist at the 1936 Summer Olympics
- Mieke Jaapies (born 1943) sprint canoer, silver medallist in the 1972 Summer Olympics
- Cees Stam (born 1945) a former track cyclist and four-time world champion stayer
- Toos Beumer (born 1947) swimmer, bronze medallist at the 1964 Summer Olympics
- Johnny Rep (born 1951) former footballer
- Annemarie Sanders (born 1958) an equestrian, silver medallist in the Team Dressage 1992 Summer Olympics
- Luc Nijholt (born 1961) football manager and a former player
- Ronald Koeman (born 1963) retired footballer and manager of the Netherlands national team since 2018.
- Wietse van Alten (born 1978) an archer, bronze medallist 2000 Summer Olympics
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
Zaanstad is twinned with:
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- "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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