De Punt

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Coordinates: 53°7′N 6°36′E / 53.117°N 6.600°E / 53.117; 6.600

De Punt
De Punt in the municipality of Tynaarlo.
De Punt in the municipality of Tynaarlo.
ca. 230

De Punt is a village in the Dutch province of Drenthe. It is a part of the municipality of Tynaarlo, and lies about 11 km south of Groningen.

The statistical area "De Punt", which can also include the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 240.[1]

De Punt was the site for the 1977 Dutch train hostage crisis.

In 2008, De Punt reached national headlines as the site of a fire in a shipyard, in which three firemen, aged 29 (Raymond Patrick Soyer), 38 (Egbert Ubels) and 48 (Anne Kregel), died.[2] They are commemorated by the asteroid 12156 Ubels.[3]


  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005 Archived 1999-04-27 at the Wayback Machine. As of 1 January 2005.
  2. ^ Sitalsing, K. "Brandweer Drents dorp rouwt om drie doden" de Volkskrant, 10 Mei 2008, p. 1
  3. ^ JPL Small-Body Database Browser naming citation