Schouwen-Duiveland has a population of 34,000
Schouwen-Duiveland has a population of 34,000. The municipality is completely surrounded by water, stronger: the municipal land (48.894 ha) consists of just a little more water surface (25.791 ha) than dry surface (23.103 ha).
There are two cities on Schouwen-Duiveland: Zierikzee and Brouwershaven. Brouwershaven was designated as a narrow town between the 16th and 18th century. This is a name for Zeeland for seven smaller cities that did have city rights, but were not allowed to sit in the States of Zeeland.
The municipality also comprises sixteen villages: Bruinisse, Burgh, Dreischor, Ellemeet, Haamstede, Kerkwerve, Nieuwerkerk, Noordgouwe, Noordwelle, Oosterland, Ouwerkerk, Renesse, Scharendijke, Serooskerke, Sirjansland, Zonnemaire.
And you'll also find nine hamlets on Schouwen-Duiveland: Burghsluis, Brijdorpe, Elkerzee, Looperskapelle, Moriaanshoofd, Nieuwerkerke, Westenschouwen.
Schouwen-Duiveland was created in 1997 from six municipalities: Brouwershaven, Bruinisse, Duiveland, Middenschouwen, Westerschouwen and Zierikzee. The name refers to the islands of Schouwen en Duiveland where the Gouwe ran between the water. In 1610, a dam was constructed through which both islands were connected. The town hall is on the edge of Zierikzee.
More municipal information can be found on www.schouwen-duiveland.nl.