Westland ( ) is a municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland.
It covers an area of 90.59 km² (of
which 10.69 km² is covered by water
had a population of 97,270 in 2004.
other settlements: De
Lier, 's-Gravenzande, Monster, Naaldwijk, Wateringen, Heenweg, Honselersdijk, Kwintsheul, Maasdijk, Poeldijk, and Ter
Westland was created on 1 January 2004 by a merger of the
municipalities De Lier, 's-Gravenzande, Monster, Naaldwijk and
Wateringen. These are also the names of five of the settlement
. The others are Heenweg, Honselersdijk,
Kwintsheul, Maasdijk, Poeldijk, and Ter Heijde. Westland itself is
not the name of a settlement or town, but rather of the region. The
City hall is located in the middle of Westland, in Naaldwijk, the
second largest settlement
of Honselersdijk also possesses the largest Flower Auction,
FloraHolland, which also has a location
This is a very important sector of the
. Flowers produced in
Westland are sold all over the world.
Coastal towns are Ter Heijde (near Monster), Monster itself and
's-Gravenzande. These towns are popular with Germans and people
from the Eastern Netherlands.
It is not unknown for every
holiday campsite to be fully booked with tourists. This is because
of their relative proximity to the more popular Scheveningen
In a wider
sense, Westland is also the name of the region south-west of the
Hague - Delft - Rotterdam , approximately consisting of the municipalities
Westland and Midden-Delfland, as well as Hoek van Holland (municipality of Rotterdam).
Westland is most known for its horticulture in greenhouses
, growing flowers