Place:Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Netherlands

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NameNieuwegein
TypeCity
Coordinates52.05°N 5.083°E
Located inUtrecht, Netherlands
Contained Places
Voormalige gemeente
Jutphaas ( 1971 - )
Vreeswijk ( 1971 - )
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Nieuwegein is a municipality and city in the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is bordered on the north by the city of Utrecht, the provincial capital. It is separated from Vianen to the south by the river Lek and borders on IJsselstein in the southwest and Houten in the east.

Nieuwegein was founded on 1 July 1971 as a planned city, following the merger of the former municipalities of Jutphaas and Vreeswijk. The new town was built for the expanding population of the city of Utrecht, and grew rapidly during the decades following its foundation.

Nieuwegein is surrounded by three Motorways (Dutch: autosnelweg), the A2 to the west, the A12 to the north and the A27 to the east. Nieuwegein is connected to Utrecht and IJsselstein by light rail. There is a pedestrian ferry across the river Lek to Vianen.

Three canals flow through Nieuwegein: the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, the Lek River and the Merwede Canal.

The Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (Royal Dutch Cricket Board), which controls cricket in the Netherlands, is based in Nieuwegein.

Oosterlicht College is the main secondary school for the city.

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