The municipality of Coevorden, located in the southeastern corner of the province of Drenthe, was established in its current form on January 1st,1998 as a result of a municipal reorganization, where five municipalities merged into one. The municipality comprises the city and former fortress of Coevorden and a few dozen rural villages that offer attractive living environments, such as Dalen, Sleen, Oosterhesselen, Zweeloo, Aalden and Schoonoord. The municipality is 300 square kilometer in size and has a population of approximately 36,000. The region is ideal for sports and recreational activities, or for simply relaxing at one of the first-rate recreational parks in the area. The varied landscape of Drenthe is excellently suited for bicycling, with numerous routes that take you past historical Saxon farmhouses, flocks of sheep and megalithic tombs. It is therefore no wonder that 1.5 million overnight stays are booked in the area every year! For more touristic information you can consult the website of Tourist Info Coevorden.
It is important that the municipality of Coevorden is active in creating favourable conditions for companies to settle here and secure future employment. The municipality has several industrial areas, one even stretching across the border: Europark. A number of globally active companies have their production in Coevorden, like the Spectrum Brands company of IAMS and Forbo Flooring a.o.. Coevorden as a border municipality therefore has a strong international orientation. Strengthening our economy is priority in several forms of international cooperation.
For more than a century there is a railway connection between Coevorden via our partner-city Nordhorn to Bad Bentheim, which is ran by the Bentheimer Eisenbahn AG. A rail freight terminal which is situated on the border, adjacent to our inland harbour, is part of our cross-border Europark.
As an effect of the long-standing cooperation with our neighbouring municipality Samtgemeinde Emlichheim in Germany, the municipality of Coevorden is involved in almost all developments between the northern part of The Netherlands and the German state Lower Saxony. Our relations with organisations and governments along this stretch of border are manifold.
Coevorden geographically forms the pivot between two of Europe's eldest cross-border regional cooperations, EUREGIO with its seat in Gronau and Ems-Dollard Region which is the northernmost border region between The Netherlands and Germany. The municipality is an involved member of those two cross-border cooperations and we play an active role in the programs like Interreg and Leader that are being developed in both regions.
Together with the Northern provinces in The Netherlands, the municipality of Coevorden is active at the European level on issues that fit the strategic agenda of Coevorden. Examples include cross-border entrepreneurship and rail freight transport. Aim of the latter is to improve the intensity of rail freight transport over the North Sea Baltic Corridor. Here we cooperate with our partner city of Brest (Belarus) and seek connection to China's New Silk Road.