Deventer, as we know it today, is a dynamic town, firmly rooted in history and surrounded by a unique landscape. Since January 1, 1999 the borough of Deventer consists of the city of Deventer together with the villages of Diepenveen, Schalkhaar, Lettele and Okkenbroek. The beautiful countryside of the borough of Diepenveen joined the historical Hanseatic town of Deventer due to the redivision of boroughs in the Netherlands. There are 96,000 people living in Deventer; a great part of them inhabiting the districts around the city centre. During the last few years a great deal of large-scale new housing estates were realised in the district of Colmschate; and at the moment there is a new housing development being built, called the Vijfhoek (meaning pentagon). Furthermore the town council has started with an urban renewal programme concerning the edge of the town centre, known as the ring of canals-project. Business is booming in Deventer and several large companies enjoy the thriving trade and industry; in other words, it is great to live and work in Deventer.
Anyone living in Deventer can enjoy culture, nature and sports to the fullest. Recently some important new recrea-tional facilities were built: De Scheg, a sports complex, and a cultural centre called De Leeuwenbrug. Deventer’s countryside is characterised by a unique variety of villages, farms and acres, country estates and woods. Deventer likes to be called a Hospitable Hanseatic City. Therefore visitors are always welcome; either to experience the great history of this town, to enjoy the many events or to take walking or cycling excursions. Deventer is certainly also a hospitable town when it comes to education, since there are over 7000 students living and studying there.
Pictures courtesy of Vincent Nijhof, Bram de Jong, Rikkert Achtereekte and Jan Achtereekte.
The two films underneath will give you some more information about the city and a better understanding about life in Deventer.