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Coordinates: 43°12′00″N 0°34′59″W / 43.2°N 0.583055555556°W / 43.2; -0.583055555556

Commune of Goès

Goès is located in France
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Canton Oloron-Sainte-Marie-Est
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Piémont Oloronais
Mayor Didier Loustau
Elevation 282 m (930 ft) avg.
Land area1 4.76 km2 (1.84 sq mi)
Population2 554  (2006)
 - Density 116 /km2 (300 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64245/ 64400
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Goès is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

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Area (2006)
 - Total 102.09 km2 (39.4 sq mi)
 - Land 92.84 km2 (35.8 sq mi)
 - Water 9.24 km2 (3.6 sq mi)
Population (1 January, 2007)
 - Total 36,623
 - Density 394/km2 (1,020.5/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Goes ( pronunciation ) is a municipality and a city in the southwestern Netherlands in Zuid-Beveland, in the province Zeeland. The city of Goes has approximately 27,000 residents.


History of Goes

Goes was founded in the 10th century on the edge of a river: de Korte Gos (the Short Gos). The village grew fast and in the early 12th century it had a market square and a church devoted to Maria. In 1405 Goes received city rights, and in 1417 it was allowed to build walls around the city. The prosperity of the city was based upon the cloth industry and the production of salt. In the 16th century Goes declined. Its connection to the sea got bogged down and in 1544 a large fire destroyed a part of the city.

In 1577 the Spanish soldiers who occupied Goes where driven out by Prince Maurits of Nassau. The prince built a defence wall around Goes, which is still partly present. In the centuries thereafter Goes didn't play an important role, except as an agricultural centre. In 1868 a railway was constructed through it, but this didn't lead to industrialisation. The agricultural industry remains the most important economic activity.

During the First World War seven bombs hit Goes and Kloetinge, even though The Netherlands were neutral, due to the mistake of a British airplane. In Goes a house at the Magdalenastreet was destroyed and one person killed. The Second World War didn't inflict extensive damage on Goes, but Goes was under German occupation until 1944.

Goes didn't experience much population growth until the 1970s and 1980s. Then, the city grew fast because of new districts like Goese Meer, Oostmolenpark, Overzuid and Ouverture being constructed. Goes is now the fourth economic centre in Zeeland.

New districts are in preparation, amongst them Goese Schans, Mannee and Aria, where 3,000 new houses are to be be made available.

Population centers


  • Centre Goes
  • West Goes
  • New West
  • East Goes
  • Noordhoek
  • Goese Meer
  • Goese Polder
  • South Goes
  • Overzuid
  • Ouverture
  • De Goese Poort (business area)
  • De Poel (I, II, III en IV, business area)
  • Klein Frankrijk (business area)
  • Marconi (business area)
  • Aria (developping)
  • Mannee (developping)
  • Goese Schans (developping)


Railway Station: Goes

On the railway line between Vlissingen and Roosendaal.

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Coordinates: 51°30′N 3°53′E / 51.5°N 3.883°E / 51.5; 3.883

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