The province of Utrecht spans 155,400 hectares and consists of 26 municipalities with a joint population of 1,3200,000. Utrecht is the oldest and smallest province in the Netherlands and is also one of the most densely populated.
Utrecht is a leading international region, able to claim the highest gross domestic product per capita and the highest-educated population in the Netherlands. In fact, the European Commission named Utrecht one of Europe's most competive regions.
The province of Utrecht is one of the 12 provinces in the Netherlands. The province works in close co-operation both with municipalities and with the State. The province of Utrecht has a tier of government comprising elected authorities (the Provincial Council and the Provincial Executive).
The Provincial Executive oversees the province of Utrecht's daily administration. The King's Commissioner serves as the Executive's chairman.
The Provincial Council is the highest administrative authority. The 49 Council members are representatives of the people and are elected every four years.