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Haren, Groningen

Coordinates: 53°10′N 6°36′E / 53.167°N 6.600°E / 53.167; 6.600
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Hoaren (Gronings)
Town, former municipality
Monumental villa in Haren
Monumental villa in Haren
Flag of Haren
Coat of arms of Haren
Highlighted position of Haren in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Haren is located in Groningen (province)
Location in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands
Haren is located in Netherlands
Haren (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 53°10′N 6°36′E / 53.167°N 6.600°E / 53.167; 6.600
 • Total17.44 km2 (6.73 sq mi)
Elevation7 m (23 ft)
 • Total12,835
 • Density740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code050
Reformed Church of Nicolaas

Haren (Dutch: [ˈɦaːrə(n)] ; Gronings: Hoaren) is a town and a former municipality in the northeastern Netherlands. It is located in the direct urban area of the City of Groningen and, in January 2019, was merged into municipality of Groningen.[3]

Haren is a commuting town with many wealthy inhabitants. It lies on the northern part of a ridge of sand called the Hondsrug. It contains one of two dolmens in the province of Groningen (in the village of Noordlaren) and the largest botanical garden of the Netherlands called Hortus Haren. The municipality comprises a woodland area called Appèlbergen (east of the village of Glimmen) and a lake called Paterswoldsemeer [nl].

The first mention of Haren was in 1249.

On 21 September 2012, riots broke out in Haren when over 5,000 people turned up to a birthday party that was accidentally made public on Facebook. There were over 30 arrests after vandalism and looting caused over a million euros in damage.

Population centres[edit]

Map of Haren, June 2015

The town of Haren contains among others the following residential areas:

  • Hemmen
  • Maarwold
  • Molenbuurt
  • Oosterhaar
  • Stationsbuurt
  • Voorveld


In addition to Haren railway station, there are regular bus services to and from Groningen, Assen and Emmen.

Groningen Airport Eelde is nearby, albeit with a limited number of regular international flight destinations. Leisure flights to different international destinations are scheduled throughout the year.


The municipal council of Haren had 17 seats. The table below gives political party and seat counts since 1998.

Municipal council seats
Party 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014
D66 2 1 1 3 5
Common Sense Haren - - - 2 3
VVD 5 5 4 4 2
CDA 3 4 3 2 2
PvdA 4 3 4 3 2
GreenLeft 2 3 4 2 2
ChristianUnion 1 1 1 1 1
Total 17 17 17 17 17

The last executive board consisted of VVD, PvdA and D66.

There was an election in November 2018 for the council of the newly expanded Groningen municipality that commenced work on 1 January 2019, replacing Haren council.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 9751AN". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  3. ^ OECD (2020). OECD Urban Studies The Circular Economy in Groningen, the Netherlands. OECD Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 978-92-64-72442-6.
  4. ^ "Groningen municipal election 2018". www.verkiezingsuitslagen.nl (in Dutch). 19 November 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2024.

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