Skyline of Sluis
Location in Zeeland
|o Body||Municipal council|
|o Mayor||Marga Vermue-Vermue (CDA)|
|o Total||307.16 km2 (118.60 sq mi)|
|o Land||279.67 km2 (107.98 sq mi)|
|o Water||27.49 km2 (10.61 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|o Density||84/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Sluis (Dutch pronunciation: [sloeys] ; Zeelandic: Sluus, Dutch pronunciation: [slys]) is a town and municipality located in the west of Zeelandic Flanders, in the south-western Dutch province of Zeeland.
The current incarnation of the municipality has existed since 1 January 2003. The former municipalities of Oostburg and Sluis-Aardenburg merged on that date. The latter of these two municipalities was formed from a merger between the previous municipality named Sluis and the former municipality of Aardenburg.
The town received city rights in 1290.
In 1340 the Battle of Sluys was fought nearby at sea.
There is a record of one of the first lotteries with money in 9 May 1455 of 1737 florins ($US 170,000, in 2014)
In addition to the town of Sluis itself, the municipality is made up of the following population centres:
Sint Anna ter Muiden, with a population of only 50 (2001), is a small village about 1 km west of the town of Sluis, located on the westernmost point of the Netherlands.
The population of the city is 2,040 (as of 2001).
A ferry connection across the Westerschelde exists between Breskens and Vlissingen. After the opening of the Westerschelde tunnel near Terneuzen in 2003, the ferry now carries only pedestrian and bicycle traffic.