Eric van OosterhoutBiography
Emmen is a good example of a planned city – it did not appear naturally as cities usually do, but was rather planned deliberately and carefully. It was made up of several farming and peat harvesting communities which have been in existence in Drenthe province since the medieval times.
Emmen remained just a small town before its real expansion after WWII, when suburbs were built around the centre. The oldest one, built to the north, was called Emmereer. The other suburbs constructed consequently included Angelslo, Emmerhout, Bargeres, Rietlanden, Parc Sandur and Dleftlanden.
In the 19th century Jews moved into the district and established trade with the local peat farmers. It was not long before a large Jewish community was born and the construction of a synagogue followed in 1878. Unfortunately, with the war, most of the members of this community were deported and have likely perished in the Nazi death camps. Their synagogue was used by the Germans as a warehouse, which allowed it to survive, despite the bombing-related damages. It was repaired later by the few Jews who survived and moved back to Emmen.
An important economic factor for the development of Emmen, back then struggling financially, was the opening of the Dierenpark Emmen in the 1980’s. Thanks to its continuous development, the zoo attracts about 1.5 million persons every year. In addition, the industries operating in the city and the municipality provide around 38,000 jobs.
Source: Netherlands Tourism
The municipality of Emmen is located in the north-eastern part of the Netherlands, in the Province of Drenthe, being its most populous area. Emmen includes the city and thirteen smaller towns/villages. Its borders encompass nearly 350 square kilometers.
It has a population of 110,000 and is one of the largest in the Netherlands as well as one of the country's greenest regions. The municipality of Emmen borders Germany.
PO Box 30.001,
7800 RA Emmen
Emmen hosts the largest industrial cluster in northern Netherlands. The region of Emmen is the world's 17th economy and is also known as "The Geatway to Europe". The municipality offers some 38,000 jobs. Most important economic boosters are: HTSM, Biobased Economy, Transport and logistics, Energy, Chemicals, health and tourism industry.
The municipality of Emmen has gorgeous woods and meadows in the vicinity that are great for cycling and hiking adventures. For a cultural day out, there is the open-air museum Veenpark or the dolmens in and around Emmen. There is also WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo and the house of Vincent van Gogh.
The town's football club FC Emmen, Eredivisie patticipant, plays its home games in De Oude Meerdijk. Among the things to do in Emmen is the yearly bike race, called the Gouden Pijl, which has been held since 1976 and includes both a men’s and a women’s race.