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Municipalities in the Netherlands

All provinces of the Netherlands are divided into municipalities (gemeenten), together 489; among these we can distinguish:
  • those comprising one main city, town or village with the same name as the municipality, and possibly some additional villages; for example
    • Utrecht, comprising the city Utrecht and the villages De Meern, Haarzuilens, Vleuten.
    • Valkenburg (South Holland), just a small village, yet a municipality by itself.
  • those comprising several villages, none with the name of the municipality; in that case the name of the municipality may not be as well-known outside it as the villages; for example:
  • those with a double name, comprising (mainly) the two towns or villages in the name, for example:
  • those comprising a main town and additional villages, yet the municipality is not named after this town; for example:

Recent politics have led to a great number of mergers between smaller municipalities or with cities.

All municipalities are listed in the province articles, see:

See also Cities of the Netherlands.

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