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Gilze en Rijen
Square in Gilze
Square in Gilze
Flag of Gilze en Rijen
Coat of arms of Gilze en Rijen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Gilze en Rijen in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°35′N 4°55′E / 51.583°N 4.917°E / 51.583; 4.917Coordinates: 51°35′N 4°55′E / 51.583°N 4.917°E / 51.583; 4.917
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Jan Boelhouwer (PvdA)
 • Total 65.66 km2 (25.35 sq mi)
 • Land 65.49 km2 (25.29 sq mi)
 • Water 0.17 km2 (0.07 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (February 2017)
 • Total 26,038
 • Density 398/km2 (1,030/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 5120–5126
Area code 0161

Gilze en Rijen (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality in the southern Netherlands. The municipality contains four villages Rijen, Gilze, Hulten and Molenschot. It is home to the Gilze-Rijen Air Base.

Rijen grew in the 19th century due to its leather factories.


Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Gilze en Rijen, June 2015

Railway Station: Gilze-Rijen

The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Gilze en Rijen has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.



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