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Sint-Pancratiuskerk van Diever
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Diever in the municipality of Westerveld.
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Diever in the municipality of Westerveld.
Coordinates: 52°51′20″N 6°19′3″E / 52.85556°N 6.31750°E / 52.85556; 6.31750Coordinates: 52°51′20″N 6°19′3″E / 52.85556°N 6.31750°E / 52.85556; 6.31750
Country Netherlands
Province Drenthe
Municipality Westerveld
Population (1 January 2008)[1]
 • Total 2,090
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Diever is a village in the Dutch province of Drenthe. It is a part of the municipality of Westerveld, and lies about 18 km northwest of Hoogeveen.

Diever is located near the Drentse Hoofdvaart, a major north-south route for pleasure boats in the province of Drenthe. Diever[where?] lies next to the Drents-Friese Wold, one of the major[clarification needed] national parks in the Netherlands, and a major attraction for tourists.[citation needed] In the centre of Diever there is the brink, a square with old buildings surrounding it. The Dutch Reformed Saint Pancratius-church is a 15th-century building, and considered one of the most beautiful churches of Drenthe.

Diever was a separate municipality until 1998, when the new municipality of Westerveld was created.[2]

In 2001, the town of Diever had 1941 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.80 km², and had 810 residences.[3] The statistical area "Diever", which can also include the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 2580.[4]


In July and August some of the local people of Diever[who?] perform in dramas written by William Shakespeare.[citation needed] Diever is also known as "Shakespeare-town".[citation needed] The plays are being performed in an open-air theater and are famous[citation needed] in the Netherlands. Even in Stratford-upon-Avon people apparently know[who?] that the local people of Diever[who?] perform in Shakespeare's plays.[citation needed] The local amateur theater group[who?] was formed in 1946 by a local medical doctor, Mr. Derp Broekema.[citation needed] Thus in 2006 we celebrated the 60th anniversary of this annual event with the performance of Henry IV.[citation needed]


  1. ^ CBS Statline
  2. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, "Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten", KNAW, 2006. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 February 2007. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  3. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001 Archived 19 March 2006 at the Wayback Machine.. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
  4. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005 Archived 24 July 2006 at WebCite. As of 1 January 2005.

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