Schouwen-Duiveland has 34.000 residents. The municipality is completely surrounded by water. In fact, municipal land (48.894 ha) exists more out of water surface (25.791 ha) than out of land surface (23.103ha).
There are two towns on Schouwen-Duiveland: Zierikzee and Brouwershaven. Brouwershaven was designated as Smalstad (small town) in the 16th and 18th century. This is a Zeeuwse title for the seven small towns, which did have city rights, but weren’t allowed to have a seat on the board of the states of Zeeland.
The municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland has sixteen villages: Bruinisse, Burgh, Dreischor, Ellemeet, Haamstede, Kerkwerve, Nieuwerkerk, Noordgouwe, Noordwelle, Oosterland, Ouwerkerk, Renesse, Scharendijke, Serooskerke, Sirjansland and Zonnemaire.
Furthermore there are nine hamlets on Schouwen-Duiveland: Burghsluis, Brijdorpe, Elkerzee, Looperskapelle, Moriaanshoofd, Nieuwerkerke, Westenschouwen.
Schouwen-Duiveland originated from six municipalities in 1997: Brouwershaven, Bruinisse, Duiveland, Middenschouwen, Westerschouwen en Zierikzee. The name refers to the islands Schouwen and Duiveland and the stream de Gouwe, which ran between the two islands. A dam was constructed in 1610, which connected both islands together. The town hall is situated just outside the centre of Zierikzee
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