Hardinxveld

Hardinxveld-Giessendam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɦɑrdɪŋksfɛlt ˌxisə(n)ˈdɑm] (listen)) is a municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. It is located about 10 km east of Dordrecht, on the river Beneden-Merwede. The municipality had a population of 18,051 in 2019 and covers an area of 19.35 km2 (7.47 sq mi) of which 2.44 km2 (0.94 sq mi) is water.

The municipality of Hardinxveld-Giessendam consists of the two population centres Giessendam/Neder-Hardinxveld and Boven-Hardinxveld. Until they were merged in 1957, Giessendam and Hardinxveld were two municipalities, consisting of only a few streets and dykes and only a few thousand inhabitants.

The town's economy is for a large part dependent on ship building (e.g. Damen Shipyards Group) and general contracting. Several industry parks are present.

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