region in Overijssel, the Netherlands

Twente or (obsolete) Twenthe (Low Saxon: Tweante) is a historical region in the province of Overijssel, the Netherlands. Its (informal) capital and biggest city is Enschede.

Twente in the Netherlands
Administrative map of Twente
Flag of Twente
Dinkel river in Losser municipality
Ootmarsum city in Dinkelland municipality

Twente borders Salland region (also Overijssel) in the west and north, Achterhoek region (province of Gelderland) in the south, County of Bentheim (Lower Saxony, Germany) in the northeast, and Münsterland (North Rhine-Westphalia, also Germany) in the southeast.

As of 2021, about 633,000 people were living in (administrative) Twente. They are nicknamed Tukkers and speak Tweants, which is a Low Saxon dialect.

Until the 1960s textile industry was flourishing in Twente.



These 14 municipalities belong (administratively) to Twente region:

Netwerkstad Twente


Almelo, Borne, Enschede, Hengelo, and Oldenzaal are working together in the so-called Netwerkstad Twente. Its aim is to improve the economy of Twente.[1] About 370,000 people were living in Netwerkstad Twente in 2021.



  1. "Netwerkstad Twente". Archived from the original on 2021-01-17. Retrieved 2021-03-10.

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