Aerial view of Roosendaal
Aerial view of Roosendaal
Flag of Roosendaal
Coat of arms of Roosendaal
Highlighted position of Roosendaal in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Roosendaal is located in Netherlands
Location within the Netherlands
Roosendaal is located in Europe
Location within Europe
Coordinates: 51°32′N 4°27′E / 51.533°N 4.450°E / 51.533; 4.450Coordinates: 51°32′N 4°27′E / 51.533°N 4.450°E / 51.533; 4.450
ProvinceNorth Brabant
Established1 January 1997[1]
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorHan van Midden (VVD)
 • Total107.16 km2 (41.37 sq mi)
 • Land106.50 km2 (41.12 sq mi)
 • Water0.66 km2 (0.25 sq mi)
3 m (10 ft)
 (January 2021)[5]
 • Total77,200
 • Density725/km2 (1,880/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Roosendaler, Roosendaalder
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
4700–4709, 4724–4727
Area code0165
Dutch Topographic map of Roosendaal, March 2014.

Roosendaal (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroːzə(n)ˌdaːl] (listen)) is both a city and a municipality in the southern Netherlands, in the province of North Brabant.

Towns/villages of the municipality

The city of Roosendaal

Under King Louis Bonaparte of the Kingdom of Holland, Roosendaal received city rights in 1809.

Nispen merged with Roosendaal[when?] to form the municipality Roosendaal en Nispen. On 1 January 1997 the municipalities Roosendaal en Nispen and Wouw merged into the municipality now simply known as Roosendaal.


Roosendaal goes back to the 12th and 13th century. The name Rosendaele was first mentioned in a document of 1268. Roosendaal was always a part of North Brabant. In the Middle Ages, Roosendaal grew as a result of the turf business, but the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) put an end to the growth as Roosendaal and Wouw were suffering from itinerant combat troops that plundered and ravaged everything they came across. For decades the countryside of Roosendaal was abandoned.


The leading football team of Roosendaal is RBC.


The Korps Commandotroepen have their headquarters and main garrison, the Engelbrecht van Nassaukazerne, in Roosendaal. The Royal Marechaussee used to have a brigade in the city. The first brigade was placed in the city on 16 July 1818 and was disbanded on 1 March 1943. On 2 September 1946 the brigade returned to the city, to be disbanded again on 1 September 1989. The Marechaussee would keep a small office on the railway station, due to the station being one of few to directly lead into Belgium.


The city serves as a regional railway hub: the Zwolle-Roosendaal Intercity service starts and ends here, the IC from Amsterdam to Vlissingen (Flushing) stops at the station, as did the international Intercity train from Amsterdam to Brussels until 2018, when that train was rerouted via Breda and the HSL-Zuid. There is still an hourly stop-train service to Antwerp.

Medical care

The Bravis Ziekenhuis Roosendaal is the main general hospital for residents of Roosendaal and surrounding areas. Bravis Ziekenhuis offers specialised medical care provided by a broad team of medical specialists. Special units include: Cardiology,[6] Dermatology,[6] Gynaecology,[6] Oncology,[6] Ophthalmology[6] and Intensive Care.[6]

Events in Roosendaal

  • Carnaval
  • Draai van de Kaai cycling race
  • Annual "International ABBA Day" – A weekend-long event, normally each April, operated by ABBA's official Fan Club which is based in Roosendaal.

Notable residents

Fons Rademakers, 1986


Harry Broos, 1928



  1. ^ "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 1997" [Municipal divisions on 1 January 1997]. (in Dutch). CBS. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Burgemeester mr. J.M.L. (Jacques) Niederer" (in Dutch). Gemeente Roosendaal. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 June 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 4701NK". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e f ziekenhuis, Bravis. "Bravis ziekenhuis Bergen op Zoom & Roosendaal".
  7. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 01 March 2020
  8. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 01 March 2020

External links

  • Media related to Roosendaal at Wikimedia Commons
  • Roosendaal travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Official website
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