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For the Icelandic Óss rune ᚨ, see Aesir. See also OSS.


Country Netherlands
Province Noord Brabant
Area 104.42 km²
- Land 101.98 km²
- Water 2.44 km²
Population (2006) 76,442
- Density 749/km²

Oss (pronunciation (help·info)) is a municipality and a city in the southern Netherlands, in the province of Noord Brabant.


[edit] Population centres

Name Population
Berghem 6900
Haren 785
Macharen 722
Megen 1686
Oss N/A
Ravenstein 3724

[edit] The city Oss

(Population: 76.442) Oss was first mentioned in a letter by Pope Alexander II on May 6, 1069. Oss was granted city rights in 1399 by Hertogin Johanna van Brabant. Present-day Oss has several chemical and pharmaceutical industries like Diosynth and Organon, both Akzo Nobel companies.

Oss is also host to the professional football team TOP Oss, and is the birthplace of Manchester United/Real Madrid star Ruud van Nistelrooy, although he did not play for TOP, but for rivals RKSV Margriet.

The internationally renowned gothic metal/alternative rock band The Gathering, formed in 1989, originally hails from Oss.

Today there is only one coffeeshop left, called "The Jungle".

[edit] Berghem

Berghem is a small city east of Oss(population: 6,900). Berghem is currently being extended with a lot of new houses in the Piekenhoef.

[edit] Megen

Megen is a small city (population: 1,686) close to the river the Maas.

Megen used to be the 'capital' of the county Megen (including Haren, Macharen and Teeffelen) that was founded around 1145. City rights were obtained in 1357. In 1810, the County Megen became a municipality to which Haren and Macharen belonged as well. It became part of the municipality Oss in 1994.

Currently, there are two monasteries in Megen. One monastery is habited by the Clarissas (also called the Poor Clares), followers of St. Clare of Assisi. The other monastery is habited by the Franciscans, followers of St. Francis of Assisi. Of the two castles Megen used to have, only one tower remains.

Official Website of Megen

[edit] Ravenstein

Ravenstein (population: 3,728) is a city and was a municipality until 2003. The municipality covered an area of 42.68 km² and also included villages: Demen, Dennenburg, Deursen, Dieden, Herpen, Huisseling, Keent, Koolwijk, Neerlangel, Neerloon, Overlangel.

Ravenstein received city rights in 1480.

[edit] Born in Oss

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Coordinates: 51°46′N 5°32′Ede:Oss fr:Oss id:Oss it:Oss li:Oss nl:Oss ro:Oss sv:Oss


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