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Location of Boarnsweach
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
 • Total c. 190

Boornzwaag (West Frisian: Boarnsweach) is a small village in De Friese Meren in the province Friesland of the Netherlands and has around 190 citizens (2004). It is located east of Langweer on the south east shore of the lake called Langweerder Wielen. The name is derived from two words, boarn meaning water and sweach meaning pasture.

Prior to the municipal reorganization in 1984, it was in the municipality of Doniawerstal. A canal called Scharsterrijn lies to the north east of the village. A small ferry takes pedestrians and cyclists across the Scharsterrijn. There is a marina.[1] To the south is a canal estate called De Woudfennen bungalowpark. At the furthest south end is the Scharsterrijn caravanpark, which is mostly full of cabins.[2]


Over the centuries the Langweerder Wielen has gradually eroded the village. In 1693 the church was demolished, and was followed by the bell stand (clokkenstoel).


Sweachmermolen at Boornzwaag

The Sweachmermolen was built in 1782.[3] It is located on the west side of Boornzwaag approaching Langmeer. The original owner was the grietman Frans Julius Johan van Eijsinga. It is a Achtkante bovenkruier which means it has an eight sided rotating top on a fixed base. Its function was as a cornmill and water pump. Its polder function was replaced by an electric pump in 1925. After this it was disused. In 1949 a group called "Stichting tot instandhouding van de Langweerder molen" (Foundation for the Conservation of Langweerder mill) was formed.

Population growth[edit]

  • 1954 - 130
  • 1959 - 135
  • 1964 - 104
  • 1969 - 100
  • 1974 - 101
  • 2004 - 190


Aldewei, Boarnsweachsterdyk, Horsewei, Houtfeartwei, Mûzekamp, Pontdyk, Rodenburgwei, Skarsterleane, Wielenleane.

External links[edit]

Media related to Boornzwaag at Wikimedia Commons


Boornzwaag map

Coordinates: 52°57′31″N 5°44′40″E / 52.95861°N 5.74444°E / 52.95861; 5.74444