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Flag of Beilen
Coat of arms of Beilen
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Location of Beilen
Location of Beilen
Coordinates: 52°51′24″N 6°30′40″E / 52.85667°N 6.51111°E / 52.85667; 6.51111Coordinates: 52°51′24″N 6°30′40″E / 52.85667°N 6.51111°E / 52.85667; 6.51111
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Drenthe Drenthe
Municipality Flag of Midden-Drenthe.svg Midden-Drenthe
Population (2006)
 • Total 9,656
 • Density 3,283/km2 (8,500/sq mi)
 • Demonym Beilenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC)
Area code(s) 0593

Beilen (52°52′N 6°31′E / 52.867°N 6.517°E / 52.867; 6.517) is a village in the Dutch province of Drenthe. It is a part of the municipality of Midden-Drenthe, and lies about 16 km south of Assen. The old Reformed church is the only really old building; a huge fire destroyed the major part of Beilen in 1820.

Beilen has a railway station - Beilen railway station.

The biggest employers in Beilen are the former DOMO milkpowder factory and the psychiatric hospital GGZ Drenthe and there is a big distribution centre of Jumbo supermarkten. Beilen is also visited by many tourists, for it is located between many forests and National Reserves. Each August the so-called "Wende-aovends" take place in Beilen, with extra activities for children in the shoppingcentre and featuring local artists at night.

In 2001, the town of Beilen had 8689 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 3.2 km², and contained 3536 residences.[1] The statistical area "Beilen", which can also include the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 10060.[2]

Until 1998, Beilen was a separate municipality.

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  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
  2. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005. As of January 1, 2005.