Coordinates: 52°19′N 6°56′E / 52.317°N 6.933°E / 52.317; 6.933
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Former city hall of Oldenzaal
Former city hall of Oldenzaal
Flag of Oldenzaal
Coat of arms of Oldenzaal
Highlighted position of Oldenzaal in a municipal map of Overijssel
Location in Overijssel
Coordinates: 52°19′N 6°56′E / 52.317°N 6.933°E / 52.317; 6.933
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorPatrick Welman (CDA)
 • Total21.95 km2 (8.47 sq mi)
 • Land21.55 km2 (8.32 sq mi)
 • Water0.40 km2 (0.15 sq mi)
Elevation48 m (157 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total31,701
 • Density1,471/km2 (3,810/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Oldenzaler, Boeskool
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0541

Oldenzaal (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɔldə(n)ˌzaːl] ; Tweants: Oldnzel) is a municipality and a city in the eastern province of Overijssel in the Netherlands. It is part of the region of Twente and is close to the German border.

It received city rights in 1249. Historically, the city was part of the Hanseatic League as a subsidiary city of the fellow Hanseatic city of Deventer.

Located on the A1 motorway from Amsterdam to Germany, Oldenzaal also has a rail connection to Hengelo and Bad Bentheim.

As of December 2022 Oldenzaal has a population of 31,958 people.[5]

In the Netherlands, Oldenzaal is well known for its carnival festivities. During the carnival season Oldenzaal is known as "Boeskool-stad" which is a local dialect of the word Cabbage-town. During the main carnival weekend over 100,000 people come for the big parade showing high and mighty carnival trucks.


The town is served by the Oldenzaal railway station.

Dutch Topographic map of Oldenzaal (town), as of June 2014

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  1. ^ "Burgemeester Patrick Welman" [Mayor Patrick Welman] (in Dutch). Gemeente Oldenzaal. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 7571CD". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand". CBS StatLine. Statistics Netherlands. 31 August 2023. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  6. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 17 January 2020
  7. ^ Agten, Elke (2021-10-06). "Single 'Chin up High' van Ame Bibabi (33) uit Oldenzaal lokt nogal wat reacties uit: 'Laat niet met me sollen'". Tubantia (in Dutch). Retrieved 2023-11-18.

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