Bovensmilde

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Bovensmilde
Town
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The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Bovensmilde in the municipality of Midden-Drenthe.
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Bovensmilde in the municipality of Midden-Drenthe.
Coordinates: 52°58′33″N 6°28′52″E / 52.97583°N 6.48111°E / 52.97583; 6.48111Coordinates: 52°58′33″N 6°28′52″E / 52.97583°N 6.48111°E / 52.97583; 6.48111
Country Netherlands
Province Drenthe
Municipality Midden-Drenthe
Population (2008)
 • Total 3,378
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9421
Dialing code 0592

Bovensmilde is a town in the Dutch province of Drenthe. It is a part of the municipality of Midden-Drenthe, and lies about 6 km southwest of Assen.

In 2001, the town of Bovensmilde had 2,873 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.76 km², and contained 1,094 residences.[1] The statistical area "Bovensmilde", which can also include the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 3,960.[2]

On 23 May 1977 Moluccan terrorists occupied an elementary school in Bovensmilde and took 105 children and 5 teachers as hostages. (At the same time other Moluccan terrorists hijacked a nearby train.) After 5 days the children were released. On June 11 the 5 remaining teachers were freed when the school was stormed by a Dutch army tank, and the hostage takers were apprehended.

References[edit]

  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 1 January 2005.