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Zoetermeer

Zoetermeer
Administration
Full nameZoetermeer
Official nameZoetermeer
Settlement typeMunicipality
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceSouth Holland
Geography
Total Area14.3 sq mi (37.05 km2)
Land Area13 sq mi (33.70 km2)
Water Area1.3 sq mi (3.35 km2)
Demography
Total Population121580 (31 December 2008)
Density (pop.)3220/km2 (8339.8/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)

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Zoetermeer (-nlˈzutərˌmɪːrNl-Zoetermeer is a city in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality covers an area of 37.06 km2 (of which 2.15 km2 is water). A small village until the late 1960s, it had 6,392 inhabitants in 1950. By 1 January 2010 this had grown to 121.580, making it the third largest population centre in the province of South Holland, after Rotterdam and The Hague, and the largest suburb of The Hague. It is part of the Haaglanden conurbation.

The name "Zoetermeer" (Dutch for "Sweet Lake") refers to the former fresh lake north of the town (reclaimed in 1614).


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