Infobox Settlement
official_name = Eindhoven | province=North Brabant

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image_shield = WapenEindhoven.png| shield_size = 120x100px subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = Netherlands
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = North Brabant
area_footnotes = (2006)
area_total_km2 = 88.84
area_land_km2 = 87.75
area_water_km2 = 1.09
population_as_of = 1 January, 2008
population_note = Source: CBS, Statline.
settlement_type = Municipality
population_total = 210300
population_density_km2 = 2377
population_urban = 440353
population_metro = 775345
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = R. van Gijzel
leader_party = PvdA
timezone = CET
utc_offset = +1
timezone_DST = CEST
utc_offset_DST = +2
website = http://www.eindhoven.eu/

Eindhoven (pronunciation|189 Eindhoven.ogg) is a municipality and a city located in the province of Noord-Brabant in the south of the Netherlands, originally at the confluence of the Dommel and Gender streams. The Gender was dammed off in the post-war years, but the Dommel still runs through the city.

Neighbouring cities and towns include Son en Breugel, Nuenen, Geldrop-Mierlo, Heeze-Leende, Waalre, Veldhoven, Eersel, Oirschot and Best. The agglomeration has some 440,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area (which includes Helmond) has nearly 750,000 inhabitants. Also, Eindhoven is part of Brabant Stad, a metropolitan area with more than 2 million inhabitants.


The written history of Eindhoven started in 1232, when Duke Hendrik I of Brabant granted city rights to "Endehoven", then a small town right on the confluence of the Dommel and Gender streams. The city's name translates literally as "End Yards", reflecting its position at the southern end of Woensel. At the time of granting of its charter, Eindhoven had approximately 170 houses enclosed by a rampart. Just outside of the city walls stood a small castle. The city was also granted the right to organize a weekly market and the farmers in nearby villages were obliged to come to Eindhoven to sell their produce. Another factor in its establishment was its location on the trade route from Holland to Liège.

Around 1388 the city's fortifications were strengthened further. And between 1413 and 1420, a new castle was built within the city walls. In 1486, Eindhoven was plundered and burned by troops from Gelderland. The reconstruction was finished in 1502, with a stronger rampart and a new castle. However, in 1543 Eindhoven fell again: its defense works were neglected due to poverty.

A big fire in 1554 destroyed 75% of the houses but by 1560 these had been rebuilt with the help of William I of Orange. During the Dutch Revolt, Eindhoven changed hands between the Dutch and the Spanish several times during which it was burned down by renegade Spanish soldiers, until finally in 1583 it was captured once more by Spanish troops and its city walls were demolished. Eindhoven did not become part of the Netherlands until 1629. During the French occupation Eindhoven suffered again with many of its houses destroyed by the invading forces. Eindhoven remained a minor city after that until the start of the industrial revolution.

The industrial revolution of the Nineteenth century provided a major growth impulse. Canals, roads and railroads were constructed. Eindhoven was connected to the major Zuid-Willemsvaart canal through the Eindhovens Kanaal branch in 1843 and was connected by rail to Tilburg, 's-Hertogenbosch, Venlo and Belgium between 1866 and 1870. Industrial activities initially centred around tobacco and textile and boomed with the rise of lighting and electronics giant Philips, which was founded as a light bulb manufacturing company in Eindhoven in 1891.

The explosive growth of industry in the region and the subsequent housing needs of workers called for radical changes in administration, as the City of Eindhoven was still confined to its medieval moat city limits. In 1920, the five neighbouring municipalities of Woensel (to the north), Tongelre (northeast and east), Stratum (southeast), Gestel en Blaarthem (southwest) and Strijp (west), which already bore the brunt of the housing needs and related problems, were incorporated into the new Groot-Eindhoven ("Greater Eindhoven") municipality. The prefix "Groot-" was later dropped.

The early twentieth century saw additions in technical industry with the advent of car and truck manufacturing company Van Doorne's Automobiel Fabriek (DAF) and the subsequent shift towards electronics and engineering, with the traditional tobacco and textile industries waning and finally disappearing in the Seventies.

Large-scale air raids in World War II (including the preliminary bombing during Operation Market Garden to aid the paratroopers in securing the bridges in and around the town) destroyed large parts of the city. The reconstruction that followed left very little historical remains and the post-war reconstruction period saw drastic renovation plans in highrise style, some of which were implemented. At the time, there was little regard for historical heritage; in the Sixties, a new city hall was built and its neo-gothic predecessor (1867) demolished to make way for a planned arterial road that never materialised.

The Seventies, Eighties and Nineties saw large-scale housing developments in the districts of Woensel-Zuid and Woensel-Noord, making Eindhoven the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands.


The villages and city that make up modern Eindhoven were originally built on sandy elevations between the Dommel, Gender and Tongelreep streams. Starting from the Nineteenth Century, the basins of the streams themselves have also been used as housing grounds, leading to occasional floodings in the city centre. Partly to reduce flooding, the Gender stream, which flowed straight through the city centre, was dammed off and filled up after the War, and the course of the Dommel was regulated. New ecologial and socio-historical insights have led to parts of the Dommel's course being restored to their original states, and plans to have the Gender flow through the centre once again ( [http://www.cognito.nl/stadsdeelkantoren/centrum/item.asp?newsid=2238 link to article in Dutch] ).

The large-scale housing developments of the Twentieth Century saw residential areas being built on former agricultural lands and woods, former heaths that had been turned into cultivable lands in the Nineteenth Century.


As of 2006, the population of Eindhoven consisted of 209,179 persons. Of these, 26.5% or some 55,400 people are of foreign descent [ [http://www.eindhoven.nl/web/show/id=357007/contentid=34306 Eindhoven Population] Municipality of Eindhoven. "Accessed 26 January 2007" nl icon] . People are classified as being of foreign descent when they were born outside of the Netherlands, or when at least one of their parents was born outside of the Netherlands.

Large minority groups includeFact|date=October 2007:
* Turks (9,420) (4.50%)
* Moroccans (5,161) (2.47%)
* Surinamese (3,610) (1.73%)
* Antilleans/Arubans (2,325) (1.11%)

Other large minority groups are Germans and Indonesians.


Eindhoven has grown from a little village in 1232 to one of the bigger cities in the Netherlands with around 210,000 inhabitants in 2006. Much of its growth is due to Philips and DAF Trucks.

In 1891, brothers Gerard and Anton Philips founded the small light bulb factory that would grow into one of the largest electronics firms in the world. Philips' presence is probably the largest single contributing factor to the major growth of Eindhoven in the 20th century. It attracted and spun off many hi-tech companies, making Eindhoven a major technology and industrial hub. In 2005, a full third of the total amount of money spent on research in the Netherlands was spent in or around Eindhoven. A quarter of the jobs in the region are in technology and ICT, with companies such as FEI Company (once Philips Electron Optics), NXP Semiconductors (formerly Philips Semiconductors), ASML, Toolex, Simac, Neways, Atos Origin and the aforementioned Philips and DAF.

Prime examples of industrial heritage in Eindhoven are the renovated Witte Dame ("White Lady") complex, a former Philips lamp factory; and the Admirant building (informally known as Bruine Heer or "Brown Gentleman" in reference to the Witte Dame across the street), the former Philips main offices. The Witte Dame currently houses the municipal library, the Design Academy and a selection of shops. The Admirant has been renovated into an office building for small companies. Across the street from the Witte Dame and next to the Admirant is Philips' first light bulb factory (nicknamed Roze Baby, or "Pink Baby", in reference to its pink colour and much smaller size when compared to the "White Lady" and "Brown Gentleman"). The small building now houses the [ [http://www.kunstlichtkunst.nl Centrum kunstlicht in de kunst te Eindhoven. Museum voor lichtkunst en lichteffecten ] ] "Centrum Kunstlicht in de Kunst" (centre artificial light in art) and the [ [http://www.philipsfabriek1891.nl Philips gloeilampenfabriekje anno 1891 ] ] "Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory of 1891" museum.

Administration and population

After the incorporation of 1920, the five former municipalities became districts of the Municipality of Eindhoven, with Eindhoven-Centrum (the City proper) forming the sixth. Since then, an additional seventh district has been formed by dividing the largest district, that of Woensel, into Woensel-Zuid and Woensel-Noord.

At the turn of the century, a whole new housing development called Meerhoven was constructed at the site of the old airport of Welschap, west of Eindhoven. The airport itself, now called Eindhoven Airport, had moved earlier to a new location, paving the way for much needed new houses. Meerhoven is part of the Strijp district and partially lies on lands annexed from the municipality of Veldhoven.

Of all Eindhoven districts, the historical centre is by far the smallest in size and population, numbering only 5,419 in 2006.

According to the Eindhoven City Council, the city will reach the maximum population of 230,000 inhabitants around the year 2025.

Population figures for all districts, as of January 1, 2008, ranked by size [ [http://eindhoven.buurtmonitor.nl eindhoven.buurtmonitor.nl] bij "bevolking->stand bevolking"] :

# Woensel-Noord (65,429)
# Woensel-Zuid (35,789)
# Stratum (31,778)
# Gestel (26,590)
# Strijp (25,402)
# Tongelre (19,680)
# Centrum (5,757)

Government and politics

After the municipal elections on March 7 2006, the division of the 45 seats in the Eindhoven city council was as follows:

* PvdA - 14 (+ 5) (compared to the result during the municipal elections held in 2002)
* CDA - 7 (-2)
* SP - 6 (+3)
* VVD - 6 (0)
* GroenLinks - 3 (0)
* Leefbaar Eindhoven - 3 (-6)
* OuderenAppel Eindhoven - 2 (0)
* D'66 - 1 (-2)
* Stadspartij - 1 (0)
* ChristenUnie - 1 (+1)
* Lijst Pim Fortuyn - 1 (+1)

In April 2006 a coalition was formed between PvdA, SP and CDA. Together they have 27 seats in the city council.

On January 23, 2008, a referendum to elect a mayor was held in Eindhoven. This referendum, the second of its kind in the Netherlands, was attended by 24,6% of the inhabitants. This was less than the required 30% needed to make a referendum binding. Nevertheless, the city council would choose the winner of the referendum as the preferred candidate. The main reason for the low attendance was that the candidates, Leen Verbeek and Rob van Gijzel, were from the same party. Rob van Gijzel won the referendum with 61,8% of the votes and will be the city's new mayor.

In research by the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad based on the police’s statistical data on crime rates, Eindhoven was found to have the highest crime rate in the Netherlands for 2006.


The students from the Eindhoven University of Technology and a number of undergraduate schools give Eindhoven a young population.

Eindhoven has a lively cultural scene. For going out, there are numerous bars on the Market square, Stratumseind (Stratum's End), Dommelstraat, Wilhelmina square and throughout the rest of the city.

The biggest festivals in Eindhoven are:
* ABlive, popfestival "(September)" [ [http://www.ablive.nl ABlive gratis festival Eindhoven 23 Augustus 2008 ] ]
* Carnaval, "(February)"
* Koninginnedag, national day "(30 April)"
* Dynamo Open Air, rock festival "(last edition in Eindhoven in 1999)"
* EDIT, festival "(June)"
* Fiesta del Sol, street- and music acts "(June)"
* UCI ProTour - Eindhoven Team Time Trial, international cycling tour "(June)"
* Virus Festival, alternative music festival "(last edition in 2007, inactive at the moment)" [ [http://www.virus.nl Stichting Virus - Startpagina ] ]
* Park Hilaria, fun fair "(August)"
* Folkwoods, folk festival "(August)"
* Reggae Sundance, reggae festival "(August)"
* Jazz in Lighttown, jazz festival "(August)"
* Lichtjesroute, 15-miles tour of light-ornaments, commemorating the liberation of Eindhoven" (from 18 September)"
* Marathon Eindhoven, "(October)"
* Dutch Design Week, international design festival "(October)"
* TROMP international music competition & Festival, international classical music competition & festival (15-23 November 2008: String Quartet, Nov 2010: Percussion)
* STRP Festival, art & technology festival "(23-25 Nov 2007)" [ [http://www.strp.nl STRP Festival ] ]

The Van Abbemuseum has a collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by Picasso and Chagall.

The Effenaar is a popular music venue and cultural center in Eindhoven, it's located at the Dommelstraat. [ [http://www.effenaar.nl Effenaar ] ]

Eindhoven was home to the Evoluon science museum, sponsored by Philips. The Evoluon building is currently used as a conference centre.

In 1992 the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips was opened as a stage for classical and popular music in Eindhoven, received by critics as a concert hall with acoustics that rival the best halls in Europe.

Parktheater Eindhoven is Eindhoven's stage for opera, cabaret, ballet etc. Opened in 1964, it has received over 250,000 visitors every year. With its 1000 m2 it has one of the largest stages in the Netherlands. With a major renovation ending in 2007, the new Parktheater will receive an estimated 300,000 visitors a year.

During Carnival, Eindhoven is rechristened Lampegat (Lamp Hole).

Eindhoven's Plaza Futura, a former porn theater, is nowadays a cinema featuring cultural movies, lectures and special cultural events.


Eindhoven is a rail transport node with connections in the directions of:

*Tilburg - Breda - Dordrecht - Rotterdam - Delft - The Hague [ [http://www.ns.nl/www.ns.nl/pdf/vertrekstaten/ehv4.pdf 404 Pagina niet gevonden › NS reizigers ] ]
*'s-Hertogenbosch - Utrecht - Amsterdam - Alkmaar [http://www.ns.nl/www.ns.nl/pdf/vertrekstaten/ehv2.pdf 404 Pagina niet gevonden › NS reizigers ] ]
*'s-Hertogenbosch - Utrecht - Amsterdam Zuid - Schiphol Airport
*Helmond - Venlo [ [http://www.ns.nl/www.ns.nl/pdf/vertrekstaten/ehv1.pdf 404 Pagina niet gevonden › NS reizigers ] ]
*Weert - Roermond - Sittard - Maastricht/Heerlen [ [http://www.ns.nl/www.ns.nl/pdf/vertrekstaten/ehv3.pdf 404 Pagina niet gevonden › NS reizigers ] ]

Up until World War II, a train service connected Amsterdam to Liège via Eindhoven and Valkenswaard, but the service was discontinued and the line broken up. Recently, talks have resumed to have a service to Neerpelt, Belgium via Weert.

Located approximately 8 kilometres from the town centre, Eindhoven Airport is the closest airport nearby, and the second busiest in the country (after Schiphol). There are flights with Air France to London City, and Ryanair serves London Stansted airport, Dublin, Rome, Milan, Pisa, Marseille, Glasgow, Madrid, Valencia, Stockholm and Barcelona. In the summerseason, Reykjavík is served with 2 weekly flights operated by Iceland Express.

The A2 / E25 motorway from Amsterdam to Luxemburg passes Eindhoven to the west and south of the city. The A2 connects to the highway A58 to Tilburg and Breda just north of the city. Just south of Eindhoven, the A2 connects to the A67 / E34 between Antwerp and Duisburg. In 2006, the A50 was completed connecting Eindhoven to Nijmegen and Zwolle.


* PSV Eindhoven is the major football (soccer) club in the city. Playing in the Philips Stadion it is the dominant club in the Dutch highest league, named Eredivisie. PSV won the national title a total of 21 times. Recent successes include the 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 national titles, finishing second in the league in 2002 and 2004. In international football, PSV were the 1988 winners of the European Cup (Champions League), the highest achievement in European club football.

* The second professional club is FC Eindhoven, which competes in the second league (Eerste Divisie).

* In field hockey the city has three major clubs, Oranje Zwart, Eindhovense Mixed Hockey Club (E.M.H.C.) and HC Eindhoven with Oranje Zwart as the most prominent one.

* Since 1990 the city of Eindhoven is the host of the annual Eindhoven Marathon.
* Eindhoven is the place where three-time Olympic swimming champion Pieter van den Hoogenband trains on a daily basis. He does so in the renovated swimming complex De Tongelreep under the guidance of his long-time coach and friend Jacco Verhaeren.

* Eindhoven houses Europe's largest indoor skateboard park and is home of a lively skateboard culture.

* Eindhoven has two boxing clubs, The Golden Gloves and Muscle Fit.

* Eindhoven hosted the 1999 World Table Tennis Championships.

* Eindhoven has a baseball club called PSV, which plays at the stadium which co-hosted the 2005 IBAF Baseball World Cup.

* Eindhoven hosted 29th LEN European Championships Swimming, Diving and Synchronised Swimming championship in March, 2008

Notable residents

* Kees Bol (1916-), painter and art educator
* Jan de Bont (1943), film director
* Arthur Borren (1949), (field) hockey player
* Jan Borren (1947), (field) hockey player and coach
* Jan van Hooff (1755–1816), statesman
* Lenny Kuhr (1950), singer/songwriter
* Gerard Philips (1858–1942) and Anton Philips (1874–1951), founders of the Philips
* Frits Philips (1905-2005), businessman, son of Anton Philips
* Hugo Brandt Corstius (1935), writer
* Peter Koelewijn (1940), musician and record producer
* Tineke Bartels (1951), equestrian
* François van Kruijsdijk (1952), medley swimmer
* Robert de Wit (1962), decathlete and bobsledder
* Bas Rutten (1965), MMA sportsman, color commentator, actor
* Rik Smits (1966), basketball player
* Paul Haarhuis (1966), Tennis player
* Theo Maassen (1966), comedian and actor
* Patrick Lodewijks (1967), football (soccer) goalkeeper
* Phillip Cocu (1970), football (soccer) player
* Margje Teeuwen (1974), (field) hockey midfielder
* Imke Bartels (1977), equestrian
* Christijan Albers (1979), racing driver
* Lonneke Engel (1981), fashion model
* Rob Reckers (1981), (field) hockey player
* Cor Vriend (1949), long-distance runner, on the time manager for long-distance runner
* Klaas-Erik Zwering (1981), swimmer
* Wieger van Wageningen (1983), professional skateboarder
* Rick VandenHurk (1985), professional baseball player

Twin cities

*flagicon|Belarus Minsk, Belarus
*flagicon|China Nanjing, China
* Białystok, Poland
* Chinandega, Nicaragua
* Emfuleni, South Africa
* Gedaref, Sudan
* Bayeux, France

ee also

*Eindhoven University of Technology
*PSV Eindhoven
*FC Eindhoven
*Eindhoven Airport
*Jewish Eindhoven


External links

* [http://www.eindhoven.eu The official international site of the city of Eindhoven]
* [http://www.eindhoven.nl The city of Eindhoven on the Internet]
* [http://www.gemeenteeindhoven.com InternetGemeentegids Eindhoven over 1450 links]
* [http://www.eindhovenrockcity.nl Website of the local rockscene, Eindhoven Rockcity]
* [http://www.theoldhometown.com/eindhoven/index.asp Eindhoven-in-Beeld]
* [http://www.rhc-eindhoven.nl/z/feiten.html Regional Historical Centre RHC-eindhoven]
* [http://schilperoort.wordpress.com/1997/02/25/ontstaan-geschiedenis-eindhoven Eindhoven's history in 8 maps and 1 section] - Urbanism and city development
* [http://www.vanabbe.nl The Van Abbe Museum of Modern Art]
* [http://w3.tue.nl Eindhoven University of Technology]
* [http://Eindhoven-eertijds.tk Eindhoven-eertijds.tk]
* [http://www.schouwburgeindhoven.nl/ The City Stage-Park Theater]
* [http://www.philipshall.nl/ The Concert Hall]
* [http://www.isse-school.nl/ International Education in Eindhoven]


* [http://www.hansvogels.nl/eindhoven/index.htm A photo history of Eindhoven]
* [http://schilperoort.wordpress.com/1997/02/26/eindhoven-vroeg-20e-eeuw Eindhoven early 20th century photography] - Photos of streets and buildings from a while ago
* [http://www.zien.info/eindh.en Eindhoven in Site: Photos, Virtual city tour] .
* [http://robocam.eindhoven.nl/view/index.shtml Controllable webcam of Eindhoven]

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