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Coevorden ( Français: Coevorden, Spanish: Coevorden, Deutsch: Coevorden, Русский: Куворден) - (The) city in Netherlands, situated in Drenthe region. According to the latest census, the city population is 14600. Geographical coordinates of Coevorden (WGS84): latitude: 52° 39' 40" N ( 52.661 ), longitude: 6° 44' 26" E ( 6.7405 ).

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City and municipality
Castle and city hall of Coevorden in 2007
Castle and city hall of Coevorden in 2007
Flag of Coevorden
Coat of arms of Coevorden
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Coevorden in a municipal map of Drenthe
Location in Drenthe
Coordinates: 52°40′N 6°45′E / 52.667°N 6.750°E / 52.667; 6.750
Country Netherlands
Province Drenthe
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Bert Bouwmeester (D66)
 • Total 299.69 km (115.71 sq mi)
 • Land 296.54 km (114.49 sq mi)
 • Water 3.15 km (1.22 sq mi)
12 m (39 ft)
 (August 2017)
 • Total 35,267
 • Density 119/km (310/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Coevordenaar
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
7740–7759, 7840–7869
Area code 0524, 0528, 0591
Website www.coevorden.nl

Coevorden (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkuvɔrdən] (About this soundlisten); Dutch Low Saxon: Koevern) is a city and municipality in the province of Drenthe, Netherlands. During the 1998 municipal reorganisation in the province, Coevorden merged with Dalen, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Zweeloo, retaining its name. In August 2017, it had a population of 35,267.


The name Coevorden means "cow ford(s) " or "cow crossing", similar to Bosporus or Oxford.

Painting of the (re)capture of Coevorden by Dutch troops commanded by Carl von Rabenhaupt in December 1672, as part of the Franco-Dutch War.


Fortification plan of Coevorden, in Star fort style.

Coevorden received city rights in 1408. It is the oldest city in the province of Drenthe.

The city was captured from the Spanish in 1592 by a Dutch and English force under the command of Maurice, Prince of Orange. The following year it was besieged by a Spanish force but the city held out until its relief in May 1594. Coevorden was then reconstructed in the early seventeenth century to an ideal city design, similar to Palmanova. The streets were laid out in a radial pattern within polygonal fortifications and extensive outer earthworks.

The city of Coevorden may have indirectly given its name to the city of Vancouver, which is named after the 18th-century British explorer George Vancouver. The explorer's ancestors (and family name) may have originally come to England "from Coevorden" (van Coevorden > Vancoevorden > Vancouver). There is also a family of nobility with the surname van Coeverden, sometimes spelled with a K (as with Canadian kayaker Adam van Koeverden).


2014 map of the city of Coevorden

Coervorden is located at 52°40′N 6°45′E / 52.667°N 6.750°E / 52.667; 6.750 in the south of the province of Drenthe in the east of the Netherlands.

The population centres in the municipality are:

  • Aalden
  • Achterste Erm
  • Ballast
  • Benneveld
  • Bovensteenwijksmoer
  • Coevorden
  • Dalen
  • Dalerpeel
  • Dalerveen
  • De Bente
  • De Haar
  • De Kiel
  • De Mars
  • Den Hool
  • Diphoorn
  • Eldijk
  • Erm
  • Gees
  • Geesbrug
  • Grevenberg
  • 't Haantje
  • Holsloot
  • Hoogehaar
  • Kibbelveen
  • Klooster
  • Langerak
  • Meppen
  • Nieuwe Krim
  • Nieuwlande
  • Noord-Sleen
  • Oosterhesselen
  • Padhuis
  • Pikveld
  • Schimmelarij
  • Schoonoord
  • Sleen
  • Steenwijksmoer
  • Stieltjeskanaal
  • Valsteeg
  • Veenhuizen
  • Vlieghuis
  • Vossebelt
  • Wachtum
  • Weijerswold
  • Wezup
  • Wezuperbrug
  • Zweeloo
  • Zwinderen

International relations

Coevorden is twinned with:


There are two railway station in the municipality:

  • Coevorden railway station
  • Dalen railway station

Notable people

Johannes Benedictus van Heutsz, 1909

  • Joannes Benedictus van Heutsz (1851 in Coevorden – 1924) a Dutch military officer and governor general of the Dutch East Indies in 1904
  • Albert Bouwers (1893 in Dalen – 1972) a Dutch optical engineer, worked with X-Rays
  • Relus ter Beek (1944 in Coevorden – 2008) a Dutch politician
  • Tim de Zeeuw (born 1956 in Sleen) a Dutch astronomer specializing in the galaxies
  • Thijs Berman (born 1957 in Coevorden) a former journalist, a Dutch politician and a Member of the European Parliament
  • Herman von Hebel (born 1961 in Coevorden) was a Registrar of the International Criminal Court
  • Maxim Februari (born 1963 in Coevorden) a Dutch writer, philosopher and columnist
  • Joël Voordewind (born 1965 in Sleen) a Dutch politician
  • Don Pepijn Schipper (born 1980 in Coevorden) stage name Don Diablo is a Dutch DJ, record producer, musician and songwriter of electronic dance music
  • Mark-Jan Fledderus (born 1982 in Coevorden) a Dutch retired footballer with 321 caps

See also

  • George Vancouver - Surname Origins
  • Fantasy Gardens, a replica of Coevorden Castle donated to Richmond, British Columbia for the Expo 86
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