Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 14.341; area: 65,19 km². Settlements:
Hoornaar (seat), Arkel, Giessenburg, Giessen-Oudekerk, Hoogblokland, Noordeloos,
The municipality of Giessenlanden was formed on 1 Jan 1986 by the merger
of the former municipalities of Arkel, Giessenburg. Hoogblokland, Hoornaar,
Noordeloos, and Schelluinen. The name refers to the small river Giessen.
Adopted 2 Apr 1962. Emblem and colors are derived from the municipal
arms. The pinnacled dividing line reminds of the old hunting lodge of the
Van Arkel family, while the vertical division is a referral to the position
of Schelluinen in regards to the river De Vliet.