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Flag of Drylts
Location of Drylts
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
 • Total c. 4,000

IJlst [ɛiɫst] (West Frisian: Drylts) is a city in Friesland, Netherlands. It is located about 3 km southwest of Sneek. It lies within the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân.


It received city rights in 1268 and is one of the eleven cities in Friesland. The city has a population of approximately 3800.

Between 1654-1664, Renier van Tzum was burgomaster of IJlst. Van Tzum was the opperhoofd or chief factor of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) in Siam (1643-1644).[citation needed] He was also VOC opperhoofd in Japan (1644-1646).[1]


The name IJlst derives from the name of the river IJ or Ey. The river IJ is the central point of the little city. IJlst has a railway station located between the cities of Sneek and Stavoren.


The following districts are part of IJlst:

  • Centrum (Oud IJlst)
  • Roodhem
  • Mientlan
  • Noord
  • Wiiddraai
  • De Rat
  • Cloosterkamp
  • De Iendracht



  1. ^ Historigraphical Institute (Shiryō hensan-jo), University of Tokyo, "24 November 1644-27 October 1646 (Volume Nine)"; retrieved 2013-2-6.

External links[edit]

Media related to IJlst at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°01′N 5°37′E / 53.017°N 5.617°E / 53.017; 5.617