Laren town centre
Location in North Holland
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Elbert Roest (D66)|
|• Total||12.41 km2 (4.79 sq mi)|
|• Land||12.41 km2 (4.79 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.00 km2 (0.00 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|Population (May 2014)|
|• Density||875/km2 (2,270/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Laren ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Located in the region called 't Gooi, it is the oldest town in that area. It is one of the most affluent in the Netherlands, along with its neighbour Blaricum. Nationally, Laren is well known for its history as a late 20th-century art colony, preserved in the museum Singer Laren, as well as its wide array of shops. Laren is also the setting for the book "The War in the Corner", by Jan Braakman.
The municipal council of Laren consists of 15 seats, which since 2010 are divided as follows:
- Birth Rate: 7.29 per 1000
- Death Rate: 17.94 per 1000
- NGR: -1.07% per year.
- Mona Louise Parsons - member of Dutch resistance
- Willemien Aardenburg (1966) - field hockey player
- Marcel van der Westen (1976) - track and field athlete
- Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898–1972) - graphic artist, illustrator and printmaker
- "drs. E.J. (Elbert) Roest" (in Dutch). Gemeente Laren. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 1251NA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "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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