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Church in Westerdijkshorn
Church in Westerdijkshorn
Flag of Bedum
Coat of arms of Bedum
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Bedum in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Bedum is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 53°18′N 6°36′E / 53.300°N 6.600°E / 53.300; 6.600Coordinates: 53°18′N 6°36′E / 53.300°N 6.600°E / 53.300; 6.600
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Henk Bakker (CDA)
 • Total 44.96 km2 (17.36 sq mi)
 • Land 44.57 km2 (17.21 sq mi)
 • Water 0.39 km2 (0.15 sq mi)
Elevation[3] -1 m (−3 ft)
Population (August 2017)[4]
 • Total 10,477
 • Density 235/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 9780–9789, 9959
Area code 050
Topographic map of Bedum, June 2015

Bedum (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbeːdɵm] (About this sound listen), Gronings: Beem) is a municipality and a town in the northeastern Netherlands. Populated by 10,477 inhabitants in 2017, Bedum is one of the larger of Groningen's several satellite towns.

Bedum is the site of three supermarkets, several pubs, and a leaning church tower, dubbed "the leaning tower of Bedum". Footballer Arjen Robben was born in Bedum (23 January 1984).

Bedum has a railway station - Bedum railway station.

The leaning tower[edit]

Bedum's 36-metre tower of the St Walfridus church has been calculated as now leaning at a greater angle than the leaning tower of Pisa. If both towers were the same height, Bedum's would have a greater displacement by 6 cm.[5]

Population centres[edit]


  • 1860-1873 J.H. Leopold (previously mayor of Adorp)
  • 1873-1878 W.J. Bekker
  • 1878-1895 R.J. van Bruggen
  • 1895-1909 dr H.V. Schleurholts
  • 1909-1914 Simon Berman (previously of Kwadijk, Warder, and Middelie and of Schagen, subsequently of Alblasserdam)
  • 1914-1917 Klaas van Sevenhoven (ARP) (previously of Stedum, subsequently of Onstwedde)
  • 1917-1943 M. Jouwstra (ARP) (previously town clerk of Ambt Hardenberg)
  • 1943-194? I.G. Timmer (NSB)
  • 19??-1962 J.N. Spoelstra
  • 1962-1971 J.C. Lindeboom (ARP)
  • 1971-1991 Albert Smallenbroek (ARP/CDA)
  • 1991-2009 Wilte Everts (CDA)
  • 2010-Present Henk Bakker (CDA)

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "drs. Bakker (CDA), H.P. (Henk)" (in Dutch). Gemeente Bedum. Retrieved 14 January 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 9781JL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Dutch say Pisa no longer Europe's most leaning tower, Reuters, 28 August 2009
  6. ^ "De Wiel Coerver Methode" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 21 April 2003. Retrieved 3 August 2008. 

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