Zwijndrecht, Netherlands

Zwijndrecht (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzʋɛindrɛxt] (listen)) is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands. It is located in the province of South Holland, at the southern tip of the island of IJsselmonde, and at the confluence of the rivers Oude Maas, Beneden-Merwede, and Noord.

Zwijndrecht across the Oude Maas
Zwijndrecht across the Oude Maas
Flag of Zwijndrecht
Coat of arms of Zwijndrecht
Highlighted position of Zwijndrecht in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates: 51°49′N 4°39′E / 51.817°N 4.650°E / 51.817; 4.650Coordinates: 51°49′N 4°39′E / 51.817°N 4.650°E / 51.817; 4.650
ProvinceSouth Holland
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorDominic Schrijer (PvdA)
 • Total22.77 km2 (8.79 sq mi)
 • Land20.30 km2 (7.84 sq mi)
 • Water2.47 km2 (0.95 sq mi)
Elevation−1 m (−3 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total44,639
 • Density2,199/km2 (5,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code078
Dutch Topographic map of Zwijndrecht, Sept. 2014


The town of Zwijndrecht is one of the "Drecht" cities. Part of the suburban zone south of Rotterdam, it has grown from around 6,000 inhabitants in 1960, to about 45,000 today.

Since 2003, the municipality of Zwijndrecht also includes the villages of Heerjansdam and Kleine-Lindt. It had a population of 44,639 in 2019.

Zwijndrecht has the highest concentration of Estonians in the Netherlands.[5]

The Evangelical Theological Academy is located here.


The town is served by a railway station of the same name (Station Zwijndrecht).

By train you go north to Rotterdam and The Hague, and south it takes you to either Breda or Roosendaal.

Water bus routes 21 and 24 both stop at (Zwijndrecht Veerplein), connecting it with the following:

The road buses are operated by Qbuzz. Routes connect to Dordrecht, Rotterdam and other places in the Drechtsteden.

Also Zwijndrecht is an important town for cargo transportation. It connects highways together with highway A16 and it connects rivers together with river De Oude Maas. Even for train cargo they have an important connection. For train cargo there is a classification yard that's called Kijfhoek, It's one of the most important and biggest classification yards in Europe.

Twin citiesEdit

Zwijndrecht is currently twinned with:[6]

City Country Since
Norderstedt   Germany 1981
Poprad   Slovakia 2000
Zwijndrecht   Belgium 2004

Notable peopleEdit

Martijn Lakemeier, 2009



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Samenstelling college: Collegeperiode 2010–2014" [Members of the board: 2010–2014] (in Dutch). Gemeente Zwijndrecht. Retrieved 31 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 3331BT". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 31 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. ^ "Welkom bij het Meertens Instituut". 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  6. ^ Stichting Internationale Contacten Zwijndrecht(Foundation for International Contacts Zwijndrecht) (in Dutch).
  7. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 30 April 2019

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