Zevenaar is a municipality
A municipality is essentially an urban administrative division having corporate status and usually powers of self-government. It can also be used to mean the governing body of a municipality. A municipality is a general-purpose administrative subdivision, as opposed to a special-purpose district...

 and a city in the eastern Netherlands
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, near the border with Germany
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Population centres

  • Angerlo
    Angerlo is a village in the municipality of Zevenaar, in the eastern Netherlands. It is located about 2 km south of Doesburg.Until 1 January 2005, Angerlo was an independent municipality, with a population of about 5000...

  • Babberich
    Babberich is a village in the Dutch province of Gelderland. It is located in the municipality Zevenaar, about 3 km southeast of the centre of Zevenaar.Babberich has about 2000 inhabitants.The football team SV Babberich is based here....

  • Giesbeek
  • Lathum
  • Ooy
  • Oud Zevenaar
  • Zevenaar

Zevenaar is located in the province Gelderland
Gelderland is the largest province of the Netherlands, located in the central eastern part of the country. The capital city is Arnhem. The two other major cities, Nijmegen and Apeldoorn have more inhabitants. Other major regional centers in Gelderland are Ede, Doetinchem, Zutphen, Tiel, Wijchen,...

, in the east of the Netherlands. The earliest signs of human activity are remnants of a 700 BC settlement found near present day Zevenaar. In 1049, Emperor Hendrik III donated a large amount of land to five warlords of which the leader was named Bartholomeus II of Sevenaer. They founded a castle to protect the old roman settlements from the Germans.
In 1487, the duke of Cleves, a nearby town in Germany, gave Sevenaer city rights. Sevenaer was an important strategic point on the border of Gelderland and Germany. When Sevenaer obtained city rights it had the monopoly on markets and on sale of bread and beer with the surrounding towns. Also the jurisdiction in Sevenaer was founded, the town government was charging taxes so that the town could build roads, railways and public buildings. For the 500 inhabitants that was a heavy tax. Because of the plundering by several armies there were not enough supplies and money to build anything. Also contagious diseases ensured much embarrassment. In that time not the citizens but some well-to-do families got the right to participation in policy and government. Sevenaer then experienced a financially well period. In 1793 the sity had 900 inhabitants.

In 1816, Sevenaer became part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Two years later the old spelling of Sevenaer was changed to the current name: Zevenaar. The municipality then had 2564 inhabitants. The 19th century was a century of poverty, bad harvests, sicknesses and hunger. There was hardly trade and work. Many people lived by agriculture or from charity. In 1856, Zevenaar was connected to the European railroad system, which (just some decades later) led to the increase in workforce. In 1920, the cigarette factory Turmac came which insured much employment.

After the second World War, which caused a lot of damage, people started to rebuild and new residential areas arose around the old core. For fifty years approximately 10,000 people lived in Zevenaar. By 2005, that number had more than doubled to 22,500 inhabitants. The municipality of Zevenaar exists from the following residential areas: Angerlo, Babberich, Giesbeek, Lathum, Ooy, Old Zevenaar, and Zevenaar, which together have 31.840 inhabitants in January 2007.(source: CBS)

People born or lived in Zevenaar

  • Andreas Masius
    Andreas Masius
    Andreas Masius was a Catholic priest, humanist and one of the first European syriacists.He was born in Lennik, Flemish Brabant....

    , catholic priest, humanist and famous European scholar
  • Phillip Cocu
    Phillip Cocu
    Phillip John William Cocu is a former Dutch football midfielder who is currently an assistant manager of the Dutch national team and Dutch club PSV...

     (born 1970), footballer
  • Erik Parlevliet
    Erik Parlevliet
    Erik Robert Parlevliet was a Dutch field hockey player, who earned a total number of 155 caps, scoring 47 goals.With Holland he won the Hockey World Cup in 1990...

     (1964–2007), hockey player
  • Ruud Knol
    Ruud Knol
    Ruud Knol is a Dutch football centre back who currently plays for Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch second division. Knol was born in Zevenaar, in the province of Gelderland and started his career at OBW Zevenaar, where he was spotted by Vitesse scouts.-Club career:Knol made his debut in professional...

     (born 1981), footballer
  • Linda Wagenmakers
    Linda Wagenmakers
    Linda Wagenmakers is a Dutch singer. She represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in Stockholm, Sweden, and finished the competition in 12th place with the song "No Goodbyes".-External links:* *...

    , famous musical star
  • Esmee Denters
    Esmée Denters
    Esmée Denters is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She was a regular cover-artist on video-sharing website YouTube on which she covered songs by contemporary musicians like Justin Timberlake and Natasha Bedingfield....

    , Dutch female singer

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