Eindhoven received its city rights in 1232. At the end of the nineteenth century, Philips established its lamps factory in Eindhoven, leading to a stream of new workers and at the same time residents of the city. In 1920 the town of Eindhoven was merged with five surrounding villages (now city areas): Gestel, Stratum, Strijp, Tongelre and Woensel. Around 750,000 people live in the Eindhoven region or SRE (Cityregion Eindhoven).
If you're thinking of living in the Eindhoven region, click on Want to work for a list of things to remember.
By population Eindhoven is the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands. On 1 January 2005 the city had a population of 208,461 located at 92,464 addresses. On that date 134,000 people were working in Eindhoven.
The Eindhoven region is one of the powerhouses of the Dutch economy, and accounts for fourteen per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. Forty per cent of all investments in research & development in the Netherlands are made in the Eindhoven region. The region holds third place in the European Innovation Scoreboard. Its ambition is to take the No. 1 place in that ranking by 2013 at the latest.
Eindhoven is relatively near to a number of other cities that are worth visiting
Amsterdam - 125 km
Maastricht - 90 km
Antwerp - 90 km
Brussels - 130 km
Düsseldorf - 110 km
Berlin - 640 km
Cologne - 155 km
Paris - 435 km