Beetgum

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Beetgum
Village
Beetgum's "Hege Wier", remains of one of 5 "stiens", or medieval castles in Friesland
Beetgum's "Hege Wier", remains of one of 5 "stiens", or medieval castles in Friesland
Location of Beetgum
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
Municipality Menameradiel
Population
 • Total c. 735

Beetgum (West Frisian: Bitgum) is a small village in Menameradiel in the province of Friesland,the Netherlands. It had a population of around 735 in 2005.

Town church

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.

Coordinates: 53°14′12″N 5°41′15″E / 53.23667°N 5.68750°E / 53.23667; 5.68750Aircraft 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.