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Church in Delfzijl
Church in Delfzijl
Flag of Delfzijl
Coat of arms of Delfzijl
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Delfzijl in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°20′N 6°55′E / 53.333°N 6.917°E / 53.333; 6.917Coordinates: 53°20′N 6°55′E / 53.333°N 6.917°E / 53.333; 6.917
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Emme Groot (PvdA)
 • Total 227.50 km2 (87.84 sq mi)
 • Land 133.06 km2 (51.37 sq mi)
 • Water 94.44 km2 (36.46 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 1 m (3 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 25,651
 • Density 193/km2 (500/sq mi)
Demonym Delfzijler
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode Parts of 9900 range
Area code 0596
Dutch Topographic map of Delfzijl with neighbouring Appingedam, June 2014

Delfzijl (Dutch pronunciation: [dɛl(ə)fˈsɛi̯l], Gronings: Delfsiel) is a municipality and city in the northeast of the Netherlands. It is situated on the left bank of the river Ems estuary, which forms the border with Germany.

Population centres[edit]

Bierum, Biessum, Borgsweer, Delfzijl, Farmsum, Godlinze, Holwierde, Krewerd, Losdorp, Meedhuizen, Spijk, Termunten, Termunterzijl, Uitwierde, Wagenborgen, Weiwerd, Woldendorp.



Delfzijl is the fifth biggest seaport in the Netherlands and the home of an aluminium plant run by the company Aluminium Delfzijl (part of Tata Steel Europe). In 2004 the smelter produced a record 112,400 tonnes of liquid aluminium. The foundry produced 157,700 tonnes of raw product.

Delfzijl is also known for its chemical industry and a large salt production plant held by AkzoNobel . On the edge of the town lies an industrial site with an area of 3 square kilometers which is one of the biggest employers in the area. This site is responsible for the second largest quantity of exported chemicals in the Netherlands (after Rotterdam), and is known for its major exports of chlorine and related products.


Every five years the city organises Delfsail, the second-largest sailing event of The Netherlands after SAIL Amsterdam.

Annually the "Pinksterfeesten" (Whitsunfestivities) are organised in the city. Delfzijl is seeing a strong resurge in the Dutch economy as the physical centerpoint of Energy Valley. This is the result of a strategic collaboration with the German town of Emden, on the other side of the Eems Estuary.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Delfzijl is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Collegeleden 2010–2014" [Members of the board 2010–2014] (in Dutch). Gemeente Delfzijl. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9934EA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  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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