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Former Town Hall
Former Town Hall
Flag of IJlst
Coat of arms of IJlst
Coat of arms
Location in the former Wymbritseradiel municipality
Location in the former Wymbritseradiel municipality
IJlst is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°01′N 5°37′E / 53.017°N 5.617°E / 53.017; 5.617
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
Municipality Súdwest-Fryslân Súdwest-Fryslân
Population (2017)
 • Total 3,140
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8651
Telephone area 0515

IJlst (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛiɫst]; West Frisian: Drylts pronounced [drilts]) is a city in Friesland, Netherlands. It is located about 3 km southwest of Sneek. It lies within the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân and had a population of approximately 3,140 in January 2017.[1]


It received city rights in 1268 and is one of the eleven cities in Friesland.

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).[2]

Before 2011, the city was part of the Wymbritseradiel municipality and before 1984 IJlst was an independent municipality.


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. ^ Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2017 - CBS Statline
  2. ^ 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