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Flag of Drylts
Location of Drylts
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
 • Total c. 4,000

IJlst [ɛiɫst] (West Frisian: Drylts) is a city in Friesland, Netherlands. It is located about 3 km southwest of Sneek. It lies within the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân.


It received city rights in 1268 and is one of the eleven cities in Friesland. The city has a population of approximately 3200.

Between 1654 and 1664, Renier van Tzum was burgomaster of IJlst. Van Tzum was the opperhoofd or chief factor of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) in Siam (1643–1644).[citation needed] He was also VOC opperhoofd in Japan (1644–1646).[1]


The name IJlst derives from the name of the river IJ or Ey. The river IJ is the central point of the little city. IJlst has a railway station located between the cities of Sneek and Stavoren.


The following districts are part of IJlst:

  • Centrum (Oud IJlst)
  • Roodhem
  • Mientlan
  • Noord
  • Wiiddraai
  • De Rat
  • Cloosterkamp
  • De Iendracht



  1. ^ Historigraphical Institute (Shiryō hensan-jo), University of Tokyo, "24 November 1644-27 October 1646 (Volume Nine)"; retrieved 2013-02-06.

External links[edit]

Media related to IJlst at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°01′N 5°37′E / 53.017°N 5.617°E / 53.017; 5.617