Achtkarspelen

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Achtkarspelen
Municipality
Road into Surhuizum
Road into Surhuizum
Flag of Achtkarspelen
Flag
Coat of arms of Achtkarspelen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Achtkarspelen in a municipal map of Friesland
Location in Friesland
Coordinates: 53°15′N 6°9′E / 53.250°N 6.150°E / 53.250; 6.150Coordinates: 53°15′N 6°9′E / 53.250°N 6.150°E / 53.250; 6.150
Country Netherlands
Province Friesland
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Gerben Gerbrandy
Area[2]
 • Total 103.98 km2 (40.15 sq mi)
 • Land 102.40 km2 (39.54 sq mi)
 • Water 1.58 km2 (0.61 sq mi)
Elevation [3] 2 m (7 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 27,938
 • Density 273/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode Parts of 9000 range
Area code 0511, 0512
Website www.achtkarspelen.nl
Topographic map of Achtkarspelen, July 2013

Achtkarspelen (Dutch pronunciation: [ɑχt.ˈkɑr.spə.lə(n)] ( )) is a municipality in the northern Netherlands.

History[edit]

The name Achtkarspelen is derived from the original eight kerspelen within the grietenij, namely: Augustinusga, Buitenpost(Capital), Drogeham, De Kooten, Kortwoude, Lutkepost, Surhuizum and Twijzel. Achtkarspelen held a separate status within Friesland for many years. In the Middle Ages Achtkarspelen fell under the Bishopric of Münster, meanwhile the rest of Friesland was a part of the Bishopric of Utrecht. The grietenij Achtkarspelen became a Municipality in 1851 after the gemeentewet (Municipality law) of Johan Rudolf Thorbecke.

Population centres[edit]

The administrative centre in the municipality is Buitenpost.

Official name West Frisian name Population
Augustinusga Stynsgea 1332
Boelenslaan Boelensloane 1145
Buitenpost Bûtenpost 5785
Drogeham Droegeham 1751
Gerkesklooster-Stroobos Gerkeskleaster-Strobos 1140
Harkema De Harkema 4235
Kootstertille Koatstertille 2595
Surhuisterveen Surhústerfean 5810
Surhuizum Surhuzem 1371
Twijzel Twizel 1093
Twijzelerheide Twizelerheide 1889

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burgemeester Gerben Gerbrandy" [Mayor Gerben Gerbrandy] (in Dutch). Gemeente Achtkarspelen. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9285NH". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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