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Deventer: All over the world

Deventer all over the world

In 768, the monk Lebuinus built his first wooden church on a river dune, near a village close to a natural harbour. This laid the foundations for both the city of Deventer, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, and for one of country’s largest inland harbours.

In the 9th century, Deventer was already an important economic and religious centre within the diocese of Utrecht. In 1825, Deventer became a member of the Hanseatic League and developed into one of Europe’s most important centres of trade and knowledge in the 14th and 15th centuries. Much has been preserved from this rich history. A substantial number of monuments have been beautifully restored and are now actively used.

The entrepreneurial spirit and the international exchange of knowledge and goods, which is part of Deventer’s DNA, are also part of a centuries-old tradition that is still alive and flourishing. This is reflected in the many NGOs, the composition of the city and the numerous internationally-oriented companies. But, a key factor is also Deventer’s position in the main network of Trans-European railways, roads and waterways (TEN-T) for the international transport of people and goods.

With the realisation of a container terminal in the harbour, this position will be strengthened even more. After the expected opening in 2020, Deventer will be included in BCTN’s network and offer frequent connections with Rotterdam and Antwerp. Transhipment is important for many companies in the Cleantech Region (the area between Apeldoorn, Deventer and Zutphen) and will boost sustainable transport by water.

International, experience, innovation, courage, commercial spirit, down-to-earth interaction, open-mindedness and pride – these are all key words that describe Deventer and the Deventer business community. This second edition of Made in Deventer will prove that as well. The first edition contained nearly 100 exporting companies. Now, there are already nearly 200. The international findability in German and English on is also a fine example of Deventer’s DNA. The fact that ‘our’ Made in Deventer initiative has inspired the realisation of a similar project at provincial level is a compliment to the whole of Deventer.

After all, Deventer has already been on the map for 1250 years. First on the diocese’s map, then on that of the Low Countries and Europe, and now on the digital map all over the world. I sincerely hope that this initiative will help everybody to find the Deventer company or product that he or she is looking for.

Andries Heidema
Mayor of Deventer
King's Commissioner for the province of Overijssel from 1 August 2018