Drawbridge in Papendrecht


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Papendrecht in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates: 51°50′N 4°41′E / 51.833°N 4.683°E / 51.833; 4.683Coordinates: 51°50′N 4°41′E / 51.833°N 4.683°E / 51.833; 4.683
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
  Body Municipal council
  Mayor Kees de Bruin (VVD)
  Total 10.79 km2 (4.17 sq mi)
  Land 9.48 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
  Water 1.31 km2 (0.51 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 1 m (−3 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
  Total 32,177
  Density 3,394/km2 (8,790/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Papendrechter
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 3350–3356
Area code 078

Papendrecht ( pronunciation ) is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland, at the crossing of the River Beneden Merwede and the Noord River. The municipality had a population of 32,177 in 2014 and covers an area of 10.79 km2 (4.17 sq mi) of which 1.31 km2 (0.51 sq mi) is water.

Although Papendrecht is first mentioned in documents dating back to 1105, it remained a small settlement until the 1950s. In the 1960s its development accelerated and almost its entire area is now urbanized. It is, however, known for its 180-year-old linden tree by the river.

Detail of Papendrecht from 1615.



The aerospace company Fokker Technologies is headquartered in Papendrecht.


Papendrecht has two water taxi stops, one at the Beneden Merwede River, and one at the Noord River. Bus services are provided by Arriva.


  1. "Burgemeester de Bruin" [Mayor De Bruin] (in Dutch). Gemeente Papendrecht. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 3351PB". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  4. "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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