—  Municipality  —
City hall
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Coordinates: 51°20′N 3°50′E / 51.333°N 3.833°E / 51.333; 3.833Coordinates: 51°20′N 3°50′E / 51.333°N 3.833°E / 51.333; 3.833
Country Netherlands
Province Zeeland
 – Total 317.78 km2 (122.7 sq mi)
 – Land 251.44 km2 (97.1 sq mi)
 – Water 66.34 km2 (25.6 sq mi)
Population (1 January, 2007)
 – Total 55,244
 – Density 220/km2 (569.8/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Terneuzen (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city and municipality in the southwestern Netherlands, in the province of Zeeland, in the middle of Zeelandic Flanders. With over 55,000 inhabitants, it is the most populous municipality of Zeeland.


Population centres

Terneuzen (population: 24,150), Axel (8,274), Sas van Gent (4,000), Zaamslag (3,018), Hoek (3,000), Koewacht (2,700), Sluiskil (2,700), Philippine (2,200), Westdorpe (2,028), Biervliet (1,671), Zuiddorpe (1,000), Zandstraat (379), Spui (300), Overslag (250).

The town Terneuzen

The city of Terneuzen is located on the southern shore of the Western Scheldt estuary. It can be reached from the rest of the Netherlands via the Western Scheldt Tunnel, which opened in March 2003. Terneuzen is not linked to the rest of the Netherlands by rail - although the Dow Chemical plant is served by a freight only line to Gand/Ghent in Belgium (Terneuzen's passenger rail service was withdrawn in 1951).

First mentioned in 1325, Terneuzen was a strategically located port on the waterways to Ghent, in present-day Belgium. Nowadays the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal is still an important shipping route. [1] The port of Terneuzen is the third largest in the Netherlands, after those of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The largest plant of Dow Chemical Company outside of the United States is located at Terneuzen, on the west side of the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal.

Tradition has it that Terneuzen was once the home of the legendary Flying Dutchman, Van der Decken, a captain who cursed God and was condemned to sail the seas forever, as described in the Frederick Marryat novel The Phantom Ship and the Richard Wagner opera The Flying Dutchman.

It received city rights in 1584. Before 1877, the city was often called Neuzen.

People from Terneuzen

  • Sandra E. Roelofs, the first lady of the country of Georgia.
  • Lodewijk van den Berg, astronaut on a Challenger Space Shuttle mission, born in Sluiskil, Terneuzen.
  • Klaas de Vries, a composer and one of the founders of a music style that became known as the Rotterdam School.
  • Jacques Hamelink, a novelist, poet and literary critic, who is best known for his poetry and early short story collections such as Het plantaardig bewind ("The Vegetative Dominion", 1964).

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