Infobox Settlement
official_name = Roosendaal

mapsize = 280px
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = Netherlands
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = North Brabant
area_footnotes = (2006)
area_total_km2 = 107.21
area_land_km2 = 106.43
area_water_km2 = 0.78
population_as_of = 1 June, 2007
population_note = Source: CBS, [ Statline] .
settlement_type = Municipality
population_total = 77487
population_density_km2 = 728
timezone = CET
utc_offset = +1
timezone_DST = CEST
utc_offset_DST = +2

Roosendaal (pronunciation|218 Roosendaal.ogg) is both a city and a municipality in the southern Netherlands. Together with surrounding towns it used to form a municipality named Roosendaal en Nispen. Since January 1, 1997 the municipalities Roosendaal en Nispen and Wouw have merged into the municipality now simply known as Roosendaal.

The city is an important railway hub: the Zwolle-Roosendaal v.v. main line starts and ends here; the Amsterdam-Brussels v.v. international train service passes through Roosendaal, as does the express train Amsterdam-Vlissingen (Flushing) v.v.

Population centres

*Roosendaal (population: 66,660)
*Wouw (4,920)
*Heerle (1,900)
*Nispen (1,440)
*Wouwse Plantage (1,230)
*Moerstraten (660)

The city of Roosendaal

Roosendaal was established in the 13th century.

The professional football team RBC(Roosendaal Boys Combinatie) plays in Roosendaal.
RBC demoted 2 years ago (2006) after having played the worst season in the Dutch football history.


The history of 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 grow. Roosendaal and Wouw were suffering from the itinerant combat troops. The troops plundered and ravaged everything they came across. For decades the countryside of Roosendaal was abandoned.

Under King Louis Napoleon, Roosendaal received city rights in 1809.

Events in Roosendaal

* Carnaval
* Draai van de Kaai cycling race

People from Roosendaal

*Harry Broos (1898-1954), sprinter
*Antoine Mazairac (1901-1966), cyclist
*Fons Rademakers (1920-2007), filmmaker
*Jean Defraigne (born 1929), politician
*Theo Laseroms (1940-1991), footballer
*Ad Konings (born 1956), ichthyologist
*Joost Lagendijk (born 1957), politician
*Ingrid van Lubek (born 1971), triathlete
*Jeroen van Damme (born 1972), runner
*Bram Lomans (born 1975), hockey player

External links

* [ Official website (in Dutch)]
* [ Map]
*Railway station:
** [ Departures]
** [ Station facilities (in Dutch)]

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