Roosendaal

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Roosendaal (About this sound pronunciation ) is both a city and a municipality in the southern Netherlands. Together with surrounding towns it used to form a municipality named Roosendaal en Nispen. Since 1 January 1997 the municipalities Roosendaal en Nispen and Wouw have merged into the municipality now simply known as Roosendaal.

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Transportation

The city is an important railway hub: the Zwolle-Roosendaal Intercity service starts and ends here, the Amsterdam-Brussels International train service passes through Roosendaal, as does the express train Amsterdam-Vlissingen (Flushing) service. There is also a stopping service to Antwerp.

Population centres

The city of Roosendaal

Roosendaal was established in the 13th century.

The professional football team RBC (Roosendaal Boys Combinatie) plays in Roosendaal.

Since the turn of the century, the city has also played host to the annual convention of the International ABBA Fan Club where for one weekend every April, hundreds of people from all over the world attend the event.

History

The history of Roosendaal goes back to the 12th and 13th century. The name Rosendaele was first mentioned in a document of 1268. Roosendaal was always a part of North Brabant. In the Middle Ages, Roosendaal grew as a result of the turf business, but the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) put an end to the grow. Roosendaal and Wouw were suffering from the itinerant combat troops. The troops plundered and ravaged everything they came across. For decades the countryside of Roosendaal was abandoned.

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