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Leiden is a city and municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland.

Leiden is located on the Old Rhine, at a distance of some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from The Hague to its south and some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Amsterdam to its north. The recreational area of the Kaag Lakes (Kagerplassen) lies just to the northeast of Leiden. A university city since 1575, Leiden houses Leiden University, the oldest university of the Netherlands, and Leiden University Medical Centre. It is twinned with Oxford, the location of England's oldest university.

General Information:

Population: • Municipality 122,000
• City 190,000
(includes suburbs Oegstgeest, Leiderdorp,
Voorschoten and Zoeterwoude)
Language: Dutch
Currency: Euro
Time zone CET (UTC+1) • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 2300–2334
Area code 071

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