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Son en Breugel

Coordinates: 51°31′N 5°30′E / 51.517°N 5.500°E / 51.517; 5.500
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Son en Breugel
Monumental home in Son
Monumental home in Son
Flag of Son en Breugel
Coat of arms of Son en Breugel
Highlighted position of Son en Breugel in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°31′N 5°30′E / 51.517°N 5.500°E / 51.517; 5.500
ProvinceNorth Brabant
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorSuzanne Otters-Bruijnen (VVD)
 • Total26.51 km2 (10.24 sq mi)
 • Land25.95 km2 (10.02 sq mi)
 • Water0.56 km2 (0.22 sq mi)
Elevation16 m (52 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total17,552
 • Density676/km2 (1,750/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0499

Son en Breugel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsɔn ɛm ˈbrøːɣəl] ) is a municipality in the southern Netherlands just outside Eindhoven. The municipality covers an area of 26.51 km2 (10.24 sq mi) of which 0.56 km2 (0.22 sq mi) is water. It had a population of 17,552 in 2021. Son en Breugel used to be two different villages: 'Son' and 'Breugel', with the stream the Dommel separating the two villages. Son en Breugel also borders the following larger municipalities: Eindhoven, Meierijstad, Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten, and Best. The spoken language is North Meierijs (an East Brabantian dialect, which is very similar to colloquial Dutch).[5]

Population centres[edit]

Map of the municipality of Son en Breugel, June 2015


The villages of Son and Breugel were founded between the 12th and 14th centuries. The villages developed quickly; some 300 households (150 household for each village) occupied the two villages during the 15th century.

According to Karel van Mander's 1604 Schilder-boeck,[6] the painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born in the village of Breugel.

Both Son as well as Breugel were hit badly during the Eighty Years' War, and the number of households in the two villages shrank down to approximately 140 (which translates to approximately 600 - 800 inhabitants). However, both villages managed to recover from this setback.

During the reign of Napoleon, both villages were combined into one municipality. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the population stayed relatively stable at about 1,500 inhabitants. However, between 1910 and 1940 the population increased from 1,600 to 3,500 inhabitants when people started moving to the village for economic reasons. It was the scene of heavy fighting at the end of the Second World War, particularly during Operation Market Garden. From 1960 onwards, Son en Breugel continued to grow. As of August 2002, the number of inhabitants was estimated at 15,000.


Currently, the number of households in Son en Breugel has reached 6,000. The combined village is expected to grow by about 3,000 households in the coming years, a growth of 50% (to be confirmed after a MER investigation as of March 2008), the result of which would prevent the municipality from being absorbed within the larger neighbouring municipality of Eindhoven.

Starting early 2009, a new neighbourhood will be developed within the combined village. This neighbourhood, called 'Sonniuspark', will contain 600 households and will be finished in 2013.


This municipality has a local council of 17 seats. After the 2022 municipal elections this had the following distribution:[7]

Party Seats
Christian Democratic Appeal
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Village Interests Son en Breugel
Labour Party-GreenLeft
Voor U
Democrats 66
Willemijn Verkaik, 2012

Notable people born in Son en Breugel[edit]



  1. ^ "Suzanne Otters-Bruijnen" (in Dutch). Gemeente Son en Breugel. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 5691AL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  5. ^ Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105
  6. ^ van Mander's Bruegel biography in Dutch
  7. ^ "Son en Breugel municipal election 2022". verkiezingsuitslagen.nl (in Dutch). 16 March 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  8. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 01 January 2020

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