|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Tjeerd van der Zwan (PvdA)|
|• Total||140.07 km2 (54.08 sq mi)|
|• Land||135.04 km2 (52.14 sq mi)|
|• Water||5.03 km2 (1.94 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
|Population (August 2013)|
|• Density||320/km2 (800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code||0513, 0516|
Heerenveen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɦeː.rə(n).ˈveːn] ( ), West Frisian: It Hearrenfean pronunciation (help·info)) is a town and municipality in the province of Friesland (Fryslan), in the north of the Netherlands.
The town was established in 1551 by three lords as a location for the purpose of digging peat which was used for fuel, hence the name (heer is "lord", veen is "peat"). Heerenveen was not one of the traditional eleven cities in Friesland (Fryslan) as it did not have so-called city rights. However, it is now one of the larger municipalities of the province.
Population as of 1 January 2004:
Heerenveen (29,750), Bontebok (440), De Knipe (1470), Gersloot (290), Hoornsterzwaag (890), Jubbega (3270), Katlijk (630), Luinjeberd (450), Mildam (740), Nieuwehorne (1500), Nieuweschoot (140), Oranjewoud (1030), Oudehorne (850), Oudeschoot (1480), Terband (290), and Tjalleberd (730).
Railway Station: Heerenveen
Heerenveen is famous for its sporting accomplishments and world class sports accommodations. These include the Abe Lenstra football stadium and the Thialf speed skating arena which was one of the first indoor 400m ice rinks in the world, and where annually held international events draw large crowds. Thialf is also home to the city's ice hockey team, the Heerenveen Flyers. The town's football team, SC Heerenveen, plays in the Dutch Premier Division and has been a steady presence in the UEFA Cup for 10 years, topped by the team's biggest achievement when they qualified for the UEFA Champions League in 2000. In 2006, the "Sportstad" (Sport City) project was completed, which included a gymnastics hall, swimming pool and an extension to the football stadium, all of which are clustered together. The Abe Lenstra stadium is unique because its supporter capacity is larger than the number of inhabitants of the town. One of the few football venues that shares this distinction is Stade Félix Bollaert in Lens, France. Several American football venues, mostly college football venues, also share this distinction.
Famous people from Heerenveen
- Wim Duisenberg
- Foppe de Haan
- Jacob de Haan
- Sven Kramer
- Abe Lenstra
- Geert Arend Roorda
- Geerhardus Vos
- Falko Zandstra
- Margriet Zegers
- Tjibbe van der Veen
- Jos Hooiveld
- "Burgemeester Tjeerd van der Zwan" [Mayor Tjeerd van der Zwan] (in Dutch). Gemeente Heerenveen. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
- "Postcodetool for 8441ES". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "Geschiedenis" (in Dutch). De Hollandsche Molen. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
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