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Beetgum church
Beetgum church
Location in Menameradiel municipality
Location in Menameradiel municipality
Beetgum is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°14′12″N 5°41′15″E / 53.23667°N 5.68750°E / 53.23667; 5.68750
CountryNetherlands Netherlands
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
MunicipalityWaadhoeke Waadhoeke
 • Total792
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Telephone area058

Beetgum (West Frisian: Bitgum) is a village in Waadhoeke municipality in the province of Friesland,the Netherlands. It had a population of around 792 in January 2017.[1]


Beetgum's "Hege Wier", remains of one of 5 "stiens", or medieval castles in Friesland

Before 2018, the village was part of the Menameradiel municipality. Beetgum gained notoriety in 1895, when three brothers from the village – the brothers Keimpe, Wybren en Marten Hogerhuis – were arrested for their alleged and disputed involvement in a burglary in the village of Britsum. The involvement of the Social Democrat Party's leader, Pieter Jelles Troelstra two years later, catapulted the village into the national headlines.[2]

Aircraft crash[edit]

On June 9th, 2016 a demonstration fighter jet crashed in the lake next to 'De bodde', the pilot saved himself by ejecting from the aircraft.


  1. ^ Aantal inwoners per dorp - Menameradiel
  2. ^ De gevangenis in door klassenjustitie - Historisch Nieuwsblad (in Dutch)