Warffum

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Warffum
Village
Warffum in 2011
Warffum in 2011
Warffum is located in Groningen (province)
Warffum
Warffum
Location of Warffum in the province of Groningen
Coordinates: 53°23′N 6°33′E / 53.383°N 6.550°E / 53.383; 6.550
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
Municipality Eemsmond
Population (January 1st, 2007)
 • Total 2,460
  Source: The official website of the municipality of Eemsmond, [3].
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Warffum (Gronings: Waarvum[1])is a village in the Dutch province of Groningen. It is located in the municipality of Eemsmond.[2] It was a separate municipality until 1990, when it became a part of Hefshuizen,[3] which has been known as Eemsmond since January 1, 1992.[4]

History[edit]

The history of Warffum can be traced back to at least 800 AD, and it has been estimated that the village was founded as far back as the fifth century.[5]

In 1893 a trainstation was opened in Warffum, connecting Warffum to Groningen and Roodeschool.[6]

In 2004 the Dutch royal family visited Warffum as part of the Koninginnedag (Queensday) celebrations.[7]

Culture[edit]

The museum Het Hoogeland shows life in Warffum about a hundred year ago through a collection that includes about fifteen houses.[8] The Schelpenmuseum (Shell museum) has a collection of sea shells.[5]

The famous Dutch singer-songwriter Ede Staal was born in Warffum.

Perhaps the biggest annual happening in Warffum is the op Roakeldais festival. This is a folkdance festival that attracts professional dance groups from all over the world.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zakwoordenboek (pocket dictionary) Gronings-Dutch and Dutch-Gronings, Staalboek Veendam, fifth print 1998 (in Dutch)
  2. ^ The official website of the municipality of Eemsmond (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, "Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten", KNAW, 2006. [1] (in Dutch)
  4. ^ The official website of the municipality of Eemsmond (in Dutch)
  5. ^ a b Warffum.com (in Dutch)
  6. ^ stationsweb.brinkster.net (in Dutch)
  7. ^ [2] (in Dutch)
  8. ^ The official site of museum Het Hoogeland (in Dutch)
  9. ^ The official site of the op Roakeldais festival (in English)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°24′N 6°34′E / 53.400°N 6.567°E / 53.400; 6.567