Utrecht (province)

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
commissioner = Mr. B. (Boele) Staal
religion_year = 1999
religion = Protestant 27%
Catholic 20%
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
anthem = Langs de Vecht en d'oude Rijnstroom
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 Eemmeer in the north, Gelderland in the east, the river Rhine in the south, South Holland in the west, and North Holland in the northwest. Utrecht makes up one region of the International Organization for Standardization world region code system, having the code -UT. Important cities in the province are its capital (also called Utrecht), Amersfoort and Zeist.


In the 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, Gelderland and 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 Spain in 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, Woerden and Vianen were transferred from the province of South Holland to Utrecht in 1970, 1989 and 2002 respectively.


In the east of Utrecht lies the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, a chain of hills left as lateral moraine by 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 Bilt
*De Ronde Venen
*Utrechtse Heuvelrug
*Wijk bij Duurstede

Famous Utrechters

*Gerrit Rietveld- De Stijl designer and architect the Schröder House, at Utrecht.
*Dick Bruna- Author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer, best known for creating Miffy.
*Anton Geesink

External links

* [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]
*Public transport:
**Nederlandse Spoorwegen
**Connexxion, region Midden [http://www.connexxion.nl/website/uwregio.asp?action=goto_regio&regioid=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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