Oude IJsselstreek

Oude IJsselstreek
Huis Landfort
Huis Landfort
Flag of Oude IJsselstreek
Coat of arms of Oude IJsselstreek
Highlighted position of Oude IJsselstreek in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 51°53′N 6°23′E / 51.883°N 6.383°E / 51.883; 6.383
Established1 January 2005[1]
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorOtwin van Dijk (PvdA)
 • Total137.95 km2 (53.26 sq mi)
 • Land136.15 km2 (52.57 sq mi)
 • Water1.80 km2 (0.69 sq mi)
15 m (49 ft)
Highest elevation
33 m (108 ft)
 (January 2021)[6]
 • Total39,346
 • Density289/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0315

Oude IJsselstreek (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌʌudə ˈʔɛisəlstreːk] (listen)) is a municipality in the eastern Netherlands. It was established on 1 January 2005 through a merger of the former municipalities Gendringen and Wisch.

Geography and population centres

The municipality belongs to the transition area between the rivers in the south, coming from Germany (Rhine and Issel), and the sandy soils of the Eastern Netherlands.

It has 15 population centres. Formerly from Gendringen

Formerly from Wisch

Terborg is the only population centre with city rights, but the largest one is Ulft with 10,000 inhabitants. The municipality of Oude IJsselstreek is considered to be divided into three units. The centres along the river Oude IJssel (Ulft, Gendringen, Etten on the left border, Silvolde and Terborg on the right) constitute the urban belt, Varsseveld in the east of the municipality is a rural village and the other centres are the external territories. The municipality plans to make Ulft the local centre.

Municipality council

Seats in the municipality Oude IJsselstreek since 2014:


Hans Alberse was mayor of the newly established municipality Oude IJsselstreek since May 15, 2006. In 2015 he resigned and was replaced by the Commissaris van de Koning with Steven de Vreeze. Since July 2016 the new mayor is Otwin van Dijk.



Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Oude IJsselstreek, June 2015


Former DRU factory, with the characteristic water tower, at the river Oude IJssel

In this essentially rural municipality, there have been some places where iron ore was mined and processed. From the several enterprises the DRU (Diepenbrock en Reigers te Ulft) was the largest, it closed in Ulft in 2003. Since 2009, the former DRU factory is a cultural centre that houses the local library of Ulft, a theater, a regional centre for vocational education and other facilities. Municipal council meetings take place in its conference room.

International affairs

Oude IJsselstreek is a member of the Ring of the European Cities of Iron Works and hosted the annual convention of 2010.

Notable people

Countess Sophie Amalie of Nassau-Siegen was born in Wisch, now Terborg, Oude IJsselstreek.
Footballer and football coach Guus Hiddink was born in Varsseveld





  1. ^ "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 2005" [Municipal divisions on 1 January 2005]. cbs.nl (in Dutch). CBS. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Leden van het college" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Oude IJsselstreek. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Postcodetool for 7081BN". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Over de gemeente". Natuurlijk Achterhoek. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.

External links

  • Media related to Oude IJsselstreek at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
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