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Oosterhout
—  Municipality  —
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Coat of arms of Oosterhout
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Coordinates: 51°39′N 4°51′E / 51.65°N 4.85°E / 51.65; 4.85
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Area (2006)
 - Total 73.09 km2 (28.2 sq mi)
 - Land 71.59 km2 (27.6 sq mi)
 - Water 1.50 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Population (1 June, 2008)
 - Total 54,015
 - Density 755/km2 (1,955.4/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Oosterhout (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a city in the South of the Netherlands. At June, 2008, the city population was 54,015.

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Population centres

  • Oosterhout (population: 47,920)
    • Baarschot
    • Groenendijk
    • Heikant
    • Heistraat
    • Hespelaar
    • Seters
    • Steelhovenls
    • Vijfhuizen
    • Vrachelen
  • Dorst (Oosterhout) (2,440)
    • Steenoven
  • Oosteind (1,350)
  • Den Hout (1,210)
    • Eind van den Hout
    • Ter Aalst

The city of Oosterhout

Oosterhout received city rights in 1809 which were granted by Louis Bonaparte.

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Oosterhout isn't one of the most well known or popular Dutch cities. But its close proximity to Breda, Tilburg and the Randstad-area, yet peaceful community, make it an interesting place to live for young families. This had led to a campaign which markets Oosterhout as 'Oosterhout Familiestad' (Oosterhout Family city).

Myth

Oosterhout has one well known myth. There is a story about the train station that Oosterhout never got. There is a special reason.

In the time the train stations were distributed to the municipalities, representatives of the municipalities of Gilze and Rijen as well as those of Oosterhout went to the political capital. After a long trip by coach the representatives of Oosterhout wanted to eat a bit first and freshen themselves up and continue their visit. The representatives of Gilze and Rijen did it exactly the other way around. By the time the representatives of Oosterhout arrived at the meeting the station had been decided to be in Gilze and Rijen. From this story a custom was born: "Eerst even eten..." ("First we eat...")

The reality is that Gilze-Rijen is between Breda and Tilburg. These two are larger cities that needed the connection. Oosterhout would be a long way around. Its not en route so it is possible that this story is true but it is more likely that this story was made up.

Urban planning

Oosterhout is a city of contradictions:

• Oosterhout is a small sized city with big building plans, for example Vrachelen I, II and III where built. It’s a small city in the context of the province.

• Oosterhout is an important shopping town. People come from long distances to do their shopping here. But in the evening people prefer Breda or other cities, where there are more possibilities for leisure.

• Oosterhout is an immigration town, with import from north of the rivers, the Rotterdam area. It’s a North-Brabant’s town, proud of its roots and characteristics.

• Oosterhout is a green town, with beautiful surroundings. Enter the town from the wrong direction and you’ll find yourself in an industrial town.

• Oosterhout is a new town with an old centre.

• Oosterhout is centrally located, but there’s no train.

Contradictions give character. It makes Oosterhout an interesting city. A contradiction Oosterhouters that has led and still leads to a big public debate on the development of Oosterhout is the question: are we a village or are we a city. Local planners are working on a number of high rise development plans. Plans that symbolise the step from being a village to becoming a medium sized town Experiences a few years ago with plans for high-rise and intense land use in Oosterhout designed by Ashok Bhalotra led to a big public controversy. The current elected local government intends to learn from this experience and wants to develop a high-rise policy. A policy that ends controversy and marks the way for Oosterhout to say farewell to the village days and become a medium sized city for once and for all. As a start of the process to realise a high rise policy Oosterhout organised a number of inspiration meetings(2007)

Famous people from Oosterhout

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Osterhout


Coordinates: 51°39′N 4°51′E / 51.65°N 4.85°E / 51.65; 4.85

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Oosterhout is a city in the Netherlands, in the west in the province of North-Brabant.

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