Aerial view of Roosendaal
Location in North Brabant
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Jacques Niederer (VVD)|
|• Total||107.16 km2 (41.37 sq mi)|
|• Land||106.42 km2 (41.09 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.74 km2 (0.29 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)|
|• Density||724/km2 (1,880/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Towns/villages of the municipality
- Roosendaal (population: 66,760)
- Wouw (4,920)
- Heerle (1,900)
- Nispen (1,440)
- Wouwse Plantage (1,230)
- Moerstraten (660)
The city of Roosendaal
Nispen merged with Roosendaal[when?] to form the municipality Roosendaal en Nispen. On 1 January 1997 the municipalities Roosendaal en Nispen and Wouw merged into the municipality now simply known as Roosendaal.
Roosendaal goes back to the 12th and 13th century. The name Rosendaele was first mentioned in a document of 1268. Roosendaal was always a part of North Brabant. In the Middle Ages, Roosendaal grew as a result of the turf business, but the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) put an end to the growth as Roosendaal and Wouw were suffering from itinerant combat troops that plundered and ravaged everything they came across. For decades the countryside of Roosendaal was abandoned.
The Korps Commandotroepen have their headquarters and main garrison, the Engelbrecht van Nassaukazerne, in Roosendaal. The Royal Marechaussee used to have a brigade in the city. The first brigade was placed in the city on 16 July 1818 and was disbanded on 1 March 1943. On 2 September 1946 the brigade returned to the city, to be disbanded again on 1 September 1989. The Marechaussee would keep a small office on the railway station, due to the station being one of few to directly lead into Belgium.
- Railway station: Roosendaal
The city serves as a regional railway hub: the Zwolle-Roosendaal Intercity service starts and ends here, the international train from Amsterdam to Brussels stops at Roosendaal, as does the Amsterdam-Vlissingen (Flushing) intercity. There is also a stop-train service to Antwerp.
The Bravis Ziekenhuis Roosendaal is the main general hospital for residents of Roosendaal and surrounding areas. Bravis Ziekenhuis offers specialised medical care provided by a broad team of medical specialists. Special units include: Cardiology, Dermatology, Gynaecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology and Intensive Care.
Events in Roosendaal
- Draai van de Kaai cycling race
- Annual "International ABBA Day" – A weekend-long event, normally each April, operated by ABBA's official Fan Club which is based in Roosendaal.
- Cornelis of Glymes (1458 in Wouw – 1508/1509) an Admiral of the Netherlands
- Hendrick Lonck (born 1568) the first Dutch sea captain to reach the New World
- Fons Rademakers (1920–2007) a Dutch actor, film director, film producer and screenwriter
- Jean Defraigne (1929-2016) a Belgian liberal politician
- Jack Jersey (1941–1997), singer songwriter and producer of light music
- Christa Membrandt (1953–2014) a Dutch artist of paintings and installation work
- Ad Konings (born 1956), ichthyologist, researches African rift lake cichlids
- Joost Lagendijk (born 1957), politician and former journalist and MEP
- Ben van Beurden (born 1958), CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
- Ronny Moorings (born 1961), musician, works with darkwave band Clan of Xymox
- Frans Bauer (born 1973) a singer of Dutch Schlager music
- Jeroen van Koningsbrugge (born 1973), actor, comedian, singer, director and presenter
- Harmen Fraanje (born 1976) a Dutch jazz pianist and composer
- Harry Broos (1898–1954), sprinter, team bronze medallist in the 1924 Summer Olympics
- Antoine Mazairac (1901–1966), cyclist, silver medallist in the 1928 Summer Olympics
- George Knobel (1922–2012), football manager
- Theo Laseroms (1940–1991), footballer, over 400 club caps
- Jacques van Meer (born 1958) a retired cyclist, competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics
- Jolanda van Dongen (born 1966) a Dutch road racing cyclist, national time trial champion, 2003
- Henk Vos (born 1968) a former footballer with 600 club caps, now a coach
- Ingrid van Lubek (born 1971), triathlete, competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Bram Lomans (born 1975), hockey player, twice team gold medallist at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics
- Tim van Rijthoven (born 1997) a Dutch tennis player
- Niek van der Velden (born 2000) a snowboarder & 2017 Roosendaal Sportsman of the Year
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