Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 26.009; area: 89,74 km². Settlements:
Zaltbommel (seat), Aalst, Bern, Brakel, Bruchem, Delwijnen, Gameren, Kerkwijk,
Nederhemert (noord en zuid), Nieuwaal, Poederoijen, Zuilichem.
The present municipality is a merger of Zaltbommel, Brakel and Kerkwijk
on 1 Jan 1999.
Zaltbommel was already known in 850 AD as 'Bomela'; named Zaltbommel
because of the trade in salt and to be distinguished from Maasbommel (see
Appeltern). City rights in 1229, one of the most beautiful cities of Gelderland.
Birthplace of the Philips brothers, who started the radio company.
On 14 Nov 2002 the new municipal flag was adopted.
The first unofficial flag was horizontal BW, derived from the Coat of Arms,
according to Sierksma, Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962. -
The new flag is the Coat of Arms. The swords may be from the old iron-eater
Maarten van Rossum, who was born here and made the East of the Netherlands
rather unsafe in the early 16th century.
Jarig Bakker, 24 October 1999