- Utrecht (province)
Infobox Dutch Province
ename = Province of Utrecht
dname = Provincie Utrecht
common_name = Utrecht
Clicksensitive map of provinces of the Netherlands|province=Utrecht
capital = Utrecht
Mr. B. (Boele) Staal
religion_year = 1999
area_land = 1,386
area_water = 63
area_rank = 12th
population_year = 2006
population = 1.180.039
population_rank = 5th
density = 851
density_rank = 3rd
Langs de Vecht en d'oude Rijnstroom
ISO = UT
website = www.provincie-utrecht.nl
Utrecht (pronunciation|260 Utrecht.ogg, IPA2|ˈyːtrɛxt) is the smallest province of the
Netherlands, and is located in the center of the country. It is bordered by the Eemmeerin the north, Gelderlandin the east, the river Rhinein the south, South Hollandin the west, and North Hollandin the northwest. Utrecht makes up one region of the International Organization for Standardizationworld region code system, having the code -UT. Important cities in the province are its capital (also called Utrecht), Amersfoortand Zeist.
Middle Ages, most of the area of the current province was ruled by the Archbishopric of Utrecht. The bishopric was founded in 722 by Willibrord. Many wars were fought between Utrecht and the neighbouring counties and duchies, Holland, Gelderlandand Brabant. In 1527, the bishop of Utrecht sold his worldly power over his territories to Emperor Charles V, who already owned the other Dutch provinces. However, the Habsburg rule did not last long, as Utrecht joined the revolt of the United Provinces against Charles's son Philip II of Spainin 1579. In World War II, Utrecht was held by German forces until the general capitulation of the Germans in the Netherlands on May 5, 1945. It was occupied by Canadian Allied forces on May 7, 1945. The towns of Oudewater, Woerdenand Vianenwere transferred from the province of South Hollandto Utrecht in 1970, 1989 and 2002 respectively.
In the east of Utrecht lies the
Utrechtse Heuvelrug, a chain of hills left as lateral moraineby tongues of glacial ice after the Saline glaciation that preceded the last ice age. Because of the scarcity of nutrients in the fast-draining sandy soil, the greatest part of a landscape that was formerly heath has been planted with pine plantations. The south of the province is a river landscape. The west consists mostly of meadows. In the north are big lakes formed by the digging of peat from bogs formed after the last ice age.
* [http://www.heemlanden.nl/comenius/2003/sandscape.html Geological "Sand Landscapes" of Utrecht]
De Ronde Venen
Wijk bij Duurstede
Gerrit Rietveld- De Stijldesigner and architect the Schröder House, at Utrecht.
Dick Bruna- Author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer, best known for creating Miffy.
* [http://www.provincie-utrecht.nl/ Website of the Province]
* [http://www.investinutrecht.com/ Utrecht Foreign Investment Office]
* [http://www.utrechtyourway.nl/default.asp?action=pagina&pagina=1060&taal=2 UtrechtYourWay - Tourist Information and Hotel Bookings]
* [http://restaurants.diningcity.com/utrecht/ Restaurant Guide of Utrecht Province]
*Province maps showing subdivision in municipalities:
** [http://www.sdu.nl/staatscourant/gemeentes/gemprovin.htm#U Municipalities of Utrecht Province]
** [http://www.provincie-utrecht.nl/prvutr/internet/j20_10.nsf/files/gemeentekaart_2003.pdf/%24FILE/gemeentekaart_2003.pdf Detailed Information about Utrecht's Municipalities]
* [http://geocement.esrinl.com/viewer.htm Detailed Map of Utrecht]
Connexxion, region Midden [http://www.connexxion.nl/website/uwregio.asp?action=goto_regio®ioid=30&id=35]
**Veolia, region Utrecht northwest [http://www.veolia-transport.nl/tmpl/NewsPageWithList____34947.aspx?epslanguage=ML&ListID=19819]
** [http://www.gvu.nl GVU]
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