Overbetuwe town hall


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Overbetuwe in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°55′N 5°51′E / 51.917°N 5.850°E / 51.917; 5.850Coordinates: 51°55′N 5°51′E / 51.917°N 5.850°E / 51.917; 5.850
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Established 1 January 2001[1]
  Body Municipal council
  Mayor Toon van Asseldonk
  Total 115.08 km2 (44.43 sq mi)
  Land 109.36 km2 (42.22 sq mi)
  Water 5.72 km2 (2.21 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 10 m (30 ft)
Population (May 2014)[5]
  Total 46,712
  Density 427/km2 (1,110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 6660–6662, 6665–6668, 6670–6678
Area code 026, 0481, 0488
Website www.overbetuwe.nl
Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Overbetuwe, June 2015

Overbetuwe ( pronunciation ) is a municipality in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. It was formed on 1 January 2001 as a merger of three former municipalities: Elst, Heteren and Valburg. Overbetuwe is bordered in the north by the river Rhine and in the south by the river Waal. The city hall is located in Elst, the largest town in the municipality. Together with eighteen other municipalities it forms the 'Knooppunt Arnhem-Nijmegen' (English: 'Arnhem-Nijmegen conurbation'), or simply 'KAN', which is a regional collaboration.


Town Inhabitants (2015)
Andelst 1650
Driel 4205
Elst 21554
Hemmen 184
Herveld 3015
Heteren 5109
Homoet 76
Loenen 47
Oosterhout (partly) 2337
Randwijk 1435
Slijk-Ewijk 479
Valburg 1780
Zetten 5002


Because of its central location between the cities of Nijmegen and Arnhem, many inhabitants of Overbetuwe commute between these cities. Three major highways are situated in the municipality; the A50, A15 and A325. Overbetuwe has two railway stations: Elst and Zetten-Andelst. Besides these two existing railway lines, a controversial freight line called the Betuweroute has been operational from 2007.


The distribution of council seats after the 2010 elections is shown here.

Party Seats
PvdA 4
Gemeentebelangen Overbetuwe 5
D66 5
GroenLinks 2
ChristenUnie 1


  1. "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 2001" [Municipal divisions on 1 January 2001]. cbs.nl (in Dutch). CBS. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  2. "Samenstelling" [Members] (in Dutch). Gemeente Overbetuwe. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  3. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. "Postcodetool for 6661EH". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  5. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.

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