|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Jan-Frans Mulder (CDA)|
|• Total||251.82 km2 (97.23 sq mi)|
|• Land||201.71 km2 (77.88 sq mi)|
|• Water||50.11 km2 (19.35 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)|
|• Density||137/km2 (350/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Hulst received city rights in the 12th century.
A further siege took place in 1702, where General Menno van Coehoorn defended the town successfully for the Dutch and in 1747 when it was taken by the French after incompetent defence by Lt. General Pieter de la Rocque.
The name Hulst (Holly in English) would appear to come from the shape of the battlements. Holly is depicted growing around the towns crest.
Hulst is neighbouring the municipalities of Terneuzen in the west, Stekene (Belgium) and Sint-Gillis-Waas (B) in the south, Beveren (B) in the east, and Reimerswaal in the north. The river Western Scheldt separates the land of Reimerswaal and Hulst.
The population centers in the municipality are:
Since June 2018, the city has its own letter artwork (a local variation on the capital's I Amsterdam). This work of art can be seen in turns at various locations in the municipality. The underlying idea is that the h at the beginning of a word is not pronounced in the Zeelandic / East Flemish dialect. By combining the letters n and h (in white and green) you can read the text in ulst in addition to i hulst. Under this concept in ulst, a campaign for and branding of the city of Hulst was launched simultaneously.
Letter artwork for the city of Hulst
Hulst is twinned with
- Johannes Crabbe (c. 1420–1 November 1488), abbot, Imperial counsellor and bibliophile.
- Cornelius Jansen (1510 in Hulst – 1576) was a Catholic exegete and the first Bishop of Ghent
- Gillis Mostaert (the Elder) (1528 in Hulst – 1598) a Flemish Renaissance painter and draughtsman
- Frans Mostaert (1528 in Hulst – 1560) a Flemish Renaissance painter specializing in landscape paintings
- Valentin de Lannoy a Flemish military commander and governor of Hulst in 1623
- Cornelis de Vos (1584 in Hulst – 1651) a Flemish painter, draughtsman and art dealer
- Paul de Vos (ca.1591/92 in Hulst – 1678) a Flemish Baroque painter of animals, hunting scenes and still lifes
- Pieter Nuyts (1598 in Middelburg – 1655) a Dutch explorer, diplomat and politician
- Pieter Nuyts (1640 in Middelburg – 1709) a Dutch poet and dramatist
- Theo Middelkamp (1914 in Nieuw-Namen – 2005) a Dutch cyclist, world champion in 1947
- "College van burgemeester en wethouders" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Hulst. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
- "Postcodetool for 4561EA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
- "Further". Lowensteyn.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
- (in Dutch) Geschiedenis van Hulst Archived 2009-03-12 at the Wayback Machine. Hulst Vestingstad
- Official website (in Dutch)