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Kampen
Municipality
Country Netherlands
Province Overijssel
Area(2006)
 • Total 161.84 km2 (62.49 sq mi)
 • Land 141.34 km2 (54.57 sq mi)
 • Water 20.50 km2 (7.92 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2007)
 • Total 49,345
 • Density 349/km2 (900/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Kampen is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands. It is the home of football team DOS Kampen.

Sister cities

The sister cities of Kampen are:

The city of Kampen

The city of Kampen is on the side of the river IJssel. On the other side of the IJssel, lies IJsselmuiden, which is the second largest town in the municipality of Kampen.

Kampen received city rights in 1236. It joined the Hanseatic League around 1440 and used to be an important port. The population of the city as of 2007 was 49,345. Kampen has one of the old town centres in best condition of the Netherlands.

Famous people from Kampen

  • Hendrick Avercamp (27 January 1585, - 15 May 1634, nicknamed "de Stomme van Kampen" (The Mute of Kampen)), is a painter best known for his small winter landscapes. Thea Beckman showed him as a character in some books. In Kampen, a street (Avercampstraat) and a café are named after him.
  • Dr. Willem Johan Kolff, (born: 14 February 1911, Leiden) inventor of the artificial kidney. A street in Kampen is named after him (Dr. Kolfflaan).
  • Petra van Staveren (born: 1966, Kampen), a swimmer who won the golden medal in the 100 metres breaststroke at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

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