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Aerial view of Velsen


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Velsen in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°28′N 4°37′E / 52.467, 4.617Coordinates: 52°28′N 4°37′E / 52.467, 4.617
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Franc Weerwind (D66)
 • Total 63.05 km2 (24.34 sq mi)
 • Land 44.78 km2 (17.29 sq mi)
 • Water 18.27 km2 (7.05 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 6 m (20 ft)
Population (May 2013)[4]
 • Total 67,116
 • Density 1,499/km2 (3,880/sq mi)
Demonym Velsenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 1950–1951, 1970–1992, 2070–2082
Area code 023, 0251, 0255

Velsen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvɛlzə(n)]  ( listen)) is a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. It is located on both sides of the North Sea Canal.

On the north side of the North Sea Canal, in IJmuiden, there is a major steel plant, Tata Steel IJmuiden, formerly known as Koninklijke Hoogovens. The headquarters of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij is located in IJmuiden.

The Kennemerstrand beach on the south side of the canal is at the end of the Kennemerboulevard, which runs south of the Seaport Marina.

To the south is the beach of Bloemendaal aan Zee. In between is a nude beach.

Population centres[]

The municipality of Velsen consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts:

  • on the north of the North Sea Canal:
    • Velsen-Noord, and a part of IJmuiden (Corus),
  • on the south of the North Sea Canal:


Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Velsen, June 2015


In Velsen, there are the following connections across the North Sea Canal:

  • A railway tunnel between the railway stations of Driehuis and Beverwijk.
  • Road tunnels, from north to south:
    • Wijker Tunnel
    • Velser Tunnel next to the railway tunnel.
  • A ferry [5]
  • A road across the lock complex
  • Railway stations: Driehuis, Santpoort Noord, Santpoort Zuid

Also there is the Fast Flying Ferry to Amsterdam. [6] There used to be a railway link between IJmuiden and Amsterdam, the IJmondlijn until 1999, when it was closed.

Local government[]

Velsen in 1867. The North Sea Canal is shown as planned and partially under construction.

The municipal council of Velsen consists of 33 seats, which are divided now (2010) as follows:

  • PvdA - 5 seats
  • VVD - 5 seats
  • VL - 5 seats
  • D66V - 5 seats
  • LGV - 4 seats
  • CDA - 3 seats
  • GL - 2 seats
  • SP - 2 seats
  • CU - 1 seat
  • independent member - 1 seat


The ruins of a Roman naval base at Velsen are believed to be ancient Flevum, which is listed as Phleoum, Romanized to Phleum, in Ptolemy (2.10).

Twin towns[]

Velsen is twinned with the port city of Galle in southern Sri Lanka and city of Bergisch Gladbach in the west of Germany.


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