Grootegast

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Grootegast
Municipality
Wind mill in Sebaldeburen
Wind mill in Sebaldeburen
Flag of Grootegast
Flag
Coat of arms of Grootegast
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Grootegast in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°17′E / 53.217°N 6.283°E / 53.217; 6.283Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°17′E / 53.217°N 6.283°E / 53.217; 6.283
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Kor Dijkstra (CDA)
Area[2]
 • Total 87.74 km2 (33.88 sq mi)
 • Land 86.78 km2 (33.51 sq mi)
 • Water 0.96 km2 (0.37 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 2 m (7 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 12,181
 • Density 140/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 9820–9823, 9860–9869
Area code 0594
Website www.grootegast.nl

Grootegast [ˈɣroːtəˌɣɑst] ( )) is a municipality and a village in the northeastern Netherlands. It is the sister city of Kingston, Tasmania.

Population centres[edit]

Doezum, Enumatil, Faan, Grootegast, Kornhorn, Lutjegast, Niekerk, Oldekerk, Opende, Sebaldeburen. In some of these villages they still speak the West Frisian language.

The village of Grootegast[edit]

Grootegast is the main village of the municipality. The name of the village refers to a 'gast' or 'gaast', a higher, sandy ridge in an otherwise swampy area. Groot is Dutch for 'large'.

Grootegast is the birthplace of the theologian Cornelius Van Til.

Lutjegast[edit]

Lutjegast is a village in the municipality of Grootegast. In the Groningen dialect of Low German 'Lutje' means small or little.

Lutjegast was the birthplace of the explorer Abel Tasman. Although the house of his birth no longer exists, he is memorialised with a monument, plaque and street name.

Until 1829 a mansion named Rikkerdaborg stood in Lutjegast.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College van b en w" [Council of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Grootegast. Retrieved 21 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 9861AC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 21 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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