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 little city counts approximately 3800 people.
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). He was also VOC opperhoofd in Japan (1644-1646).
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 Sneek and Stavoren.
The following districts are part of IJlst:
- Centrum (Oud IJlst)
- De Rat
- De Iendracht
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Coordinates: 53°01′N 5°37′E / 53.017°N 5.617°E