Slochteren

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Slochteren
Municipality
Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren
Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren
Flag of Slochteren
Flag
Coat of arms of Slochteren
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Slochteren in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°48′E / 53.217°N 6.800°E / 53.217; 6.800Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°48′E / 53.217°N 6.800°E / 53.217; 6.800
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Geert-Jan ten Brink (PvdA)
Area[2]
 • Total 158.87 km2 (61.34 sq mi)
 • Land 151.03 km2 (58.31 sq mi)
 • Water 7.84 km2 (3.03 sq mi)
Elevation[3] −1 m (−3 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 15,546
 • Density 103/km2 (270/sq mi)
Demonym Slochtenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 9615–9629, 9939
Area code 0598
Website www.slochteren.nl

Slochteren (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality in the northeastern Netherlands.

The municipality can be characterized as a chain of small villages dividing a mostly agricultural landscape. Having an agricultural background for at least a thousand years, the community houses for the most part commuters to nearby towns like Hoogezand, Groningen and Delfzijl. The mansion Fraeylemaborg (a small 'castle', the oldest parts of which are dated in the Middle Ages) is located in Slochteren.

Natural gas field[edit]

Slochteren is in the center of the giant Groningen gas field, discovered in 1959, ensuring the position of the Netherlands as a major energy exporting country. The estimated gas reserves in 2009 was 2,700 m3 (95,000 cu ft).[5]

Population centers[edit]

Denemarken, Froombosch, Harkstede, Hellum, Kolham, Lageland, Luddeweer, Overschild, Schaaphok, Scharmer, Schildwolde, Siddeburen, Slochteren, Steendam, Tjuchem, Woudbloem.

Topography[edit]

2013-Slochteren.jpg

Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Slochteren, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dhr G.J. ten Brink" [Mr G.J. ten Brink] (in Dutch). Gemeente Slochteren. Retrieved 3 February 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 9621AL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ NAM/Shell gas/oil website

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