Oldenzaal (ˈɔɫdəˌzaːɫ) is a municipality
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 and a city in the eastern province of Overijssel
Overijssel is a province of the Netherlands in the central eastern part of the country. The region has a NUTS classification of NL21. The province's name means "Lands across river IJssel". The capital city of Overijssel is Zwolle and the largest city is Enschede...

 in the Netherlands
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. It is part of the region of Twente
Twente is a non-administrative region in the eastern Netherlands. It encompasses the most urbanised and easternmost part of the province of Overijssel...

 and is close to the German
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It received city rights
City rights in the Netherlands
City rights are a medieval phenomenon in the history of the Low Countries. A liegelord, usually a count, duke or similar member of high nobility, granted a settlement he owned certain town privileges that settlements without city rights did not have....

 in 1249. Historically, the city was part of the Hanseatic League
Hanseatic League
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 as a subsidiary city of the fellow Hanseatic city of Deventer
Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of the river IJssel, but also has a small part of its territory on the west bank. In 2005 the municipality of Bathmen Deventer is a municipality and city in...


Located on the A1 motorway from Amsterdam
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 to Germany
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, Oldenzaal also has a rail connection to Hengelo
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Famous people from Oldenzaal

  • Lars Geuzendam, poker player
  • Ellen van Langen
    Ellen van Langen
    Ellen Gezina Maria van Langen is a former Dutch middle distance runner. Van Langen has a degree in economics at the University of Amsterdam. Before she started running, she played football....

    , middle distance runner
  • Frédérique Ankoné, speed skater
  • Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
    Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
    Jan Johannes Vennegoor of Hesselink is a Dutch footballer, currently playing for PSV Eindhoven. He formerly played for the Netherlands national team as a striker...

    , football player
  • Mieke Telkamp, singer
  • Patrick Gerritsen, football player
  • Raimond van der Gouw
    Raimond van der Gouw
    Raimond van der Gouw is a former Dutch footballer, who played as a goalkeeper.After a successful career with Vitesse and well into his 30s, he moved to Manchester United, also experiencing relative recognition, although he played very sparingly; he scored his only goal in the last game of his...

    , football player
  • Rudie Kemna, cyclist
  • Ruud Fiselier, (DJ Rudy Gunn) - "The World's Only Cowboy Spinner"
  • Nathalie Timmermans
    Nathalie Timmermans
    Nathalie Timmermans is a Dutch softball player, who represents the Dutch national team in international competitions....

    , softball player
  • Wilfried Brookhuis
    Wilfried Brookhuis
    Wilfried Brookhuis is a retired football goalkeeper from the Netherlands, who played professional football for NEC Nijmegen for eleven years . Later on he became an assistant at the club....

    , football player
  • Tim Breukers
    Tim Breukers
    Tim Gerard Johan Breukers is a Dutch professional footballer who currently plays as a right back for Heracles Almelo.-External links:...

    , football player
  • Henri Max Corwin (Cohen)
    Henri Max Corwin (Cohen)
    Henri Max Corwin was a Dutch businessman, philatelist and humanitarian. He became famous both for his efforts to shield Jewish victims of Nazi persecution during World War II, and later for his efforts to document instruments of propaganda utilized during national conflict.-Biography:Henri Max...

    , WW2 humanitarian and founder of a propaganda museum

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