Eindhoven has grown from a little village in 1232 to become the fifth biggest city in the Netherlands with around 210,000 inhabitants in 2006. It is located in the south of the Netherlands in the province of Noord-Brabant.
Until the industrial revolution, Eindhoven was a small, unimportant town. But that all changed in 1891, when a little lightbulb manufacturing company known as Philips was founded in the small city. During the early 20th century, industry grew exponentially in the city, and with it, the population and importance of Eindhoven.
The tobacco, textile, and later, automobile industries drove the continued growth of Eindhoven throughout the 20th century. During the Second World War, parts of the city were destroyed by air raids. The reconstruction that followed replaced many of the destroyed historical buildings with modern incarnations, including the first high-rises.
The city is famous around the world for its industrial design skills which are nurtured at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Links between research and industry are particularly well developed, making Eindhoven an excellent place to bridge the gap between education and employment.
Eindhoven has a lively cultural scene and the local university students ensure that it is one of the youngest cities in the Netherlands.
Eindhoven airport is the second largest in the Netherlands, although currently there are only two connections to the UK, London City (Air France) and Stansted (Ryan Air).
For more information about Eindhoven please visit: www.local-life.com/eindhoven/guide
Universities in Eindhoven