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North Brabant is bordered to the north by the Dutch provinces of South Holland and Gelderland, in the west of Zeeland, Limburg in the east and in the south to the Belgian provinces of Antwerp and Limburg. Except Gelderland and Overijssel has no other Dutch province much 'neighbors'. North Brabant is a large province (after Gelderland largest) and it holds an important logistics, including cross-border transit function, both to the south and east.

With a population density of 501/km ² North Brabant above average urbanized. The urbanization is at the center of the province is greatest where the 'kite' (the city ring Breda, Tilburg, Eindhoven and ’s-Hertogenbosch) is located, the rest is a rural province. The province also has its scenic values ​​well preserved. Natural Beauty can be found especially in the national parks Loon and Drunen Dunes, De Biesbosch and De Groote Peel, in the fens area Kampina in Oisterwijk, the Grenspark The Zoom Kalmthout Heath, and in the wooded area of Breda. The area south of Eindhoven named De Kempen is a beautiful area with farmlands and forests.

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I´m born and raised in Zijtaart. After that I live in Hoensbroek, Limburg for two years to return to Zijtaart in 1998. In 2004 I move to ’s-Hertogenbosch for one year, where we desided to buy a house in Sint-Oedenrode. In 2010 we got the opion to built a new house in Sint-Oedenrode, therefor we had to sell our house and move to Zijtaart again temporarily. 1st of January 2012 our new house got finished and we move back to Sint-Oedenrode to stay forever.

The main communities in Northern Brabant are: Eindhoven, Tilburg (two municipalities with more than 200,000 inhabitants), Breda (more than 175,000) and 's-Hertogenbosch (140,000). The first three belong to the top ten nationally : Eindhoven (the fifth municipality of the Netherlands, Tilburg (6th municipality of the Netherlands) and Breda (9th municipality of the Netherlands), ’s-Hertogenbosch following distance as the 18th municipality of the Netherlands. following these big four is five cities with a population of 50,000 to 100,000, in descending order: Helmond, Roosendaal, Oss, Bergen op Zoom and Oosterhout.

All these cities are also leading in the development of Dutch industry, and are also in the "Brabant city", a combination of the Brabant cities together with suburbs. Together count the nine largest cities mentioned therein have 1.1 million inhabitants. They may in this respect be called a metropolis. Among planners, this area is also known as the "Sand City Brabant", as an allusion to the name Randstad for the urbanized west of the Netherlands. The area is including many smaller cities such Schijndel, Waalwijk, Boxtel, Dongen , Goirle, Oisterwijk, Vught, Geldrop, Heeze, Etten-Leur, Uden, Veghel and Veldhoven, while more peripheral, various places of more than 25,000 inhabitants are like Deurne.


The name Brabant is derived from Braecbant. This is a combination of braec, that means pants or marshy land, and bans, which means region.

Until the 17th century, a large part of the area that is now the province of North Brabant constitutes part of the Duchy of Brabant, of which the largest part is now in Belgium. In the 14th and 15th centuries experienced Brabant Golden Age. In particular, this applied to the cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven, Breda and ’s-Hertogenbosch.

Following the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1579, Singapore became the subject of struggle between the Protestant Republic of the Seven United Netherlands and Catholic Spain that occupied the Southern Netherlands. With the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 was the northern part of Brabant part of the Republic, it was designated as a State-Brabant.

Attempts by the Republic to the people of Brabant Protestant failed to make, and Brabant functioned mainly as colony and military buffer zone. In this period Brabant systematically financially stripped by the Republic, leaving economic development barely existed. Because the vast majority of the population was Catholic, Brabant was not as full, eighth province to the Republic allowed. The Catholics in the Republic of Brabant were restricted in their practice and belief, this arose many hidden churches.
In 1795 the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, the Batavian Republic, which the Catholics acknowledged as equal citizens and which Generality Country Staats-Brabant became a province, called Batavian Brabant. This situation ended during the French rule when the area was divided over several departments.

After the fall of Napoleon in 1815, at the Congress of Vienna states that include the Austrian Netherlands and the former Batavian Republic were merged into the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. The whole area of ​​the ancient Duchy of Brabant was now in a state united. It was divided into three provinces: North Brabant, Antwerp and South Brabant (with Brussels and Leuven). North Brabant was on that occasion extended with some pieces of Holland (the areas south of the Moerdijk and the Merwede) and the former glories Megen, Boxmeer, Gemert and Ravenstein.

During the Belgian Revolution in 1830 there existed among the population of the 90% Catholic North Brabant have some sympathy for the Belgian case, but remained within the limits and the manifestations thereof by the Dutch authorities could without much difficulty be suppressed.

From the end of the 19th century the province more and more industrialized. Textiles produced in Tilburg and Helmond, while Eindhoven became the fifth city in the Netherlands thanks to Philips and DAF. Former small towns grew so rapidly into new industrial cities. Breda and ’s-Hertogenbosch were known as historical centers like old garrison towns of Brabant, witness the many barracks that both municipalities hostels. In addition, also in Bergen op Zoom an old garrison town with a monumental historical core.

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