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De Jouwer
The Midstraat in Joure
The Midstraat in Joure
Coat of arms of Joure
Coat of arms
Location in the former Skarsterlân municipality
Location in the former Skarsterlân municipality
Joure is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: Coordinates: 52°58′N 5°47′E / 52.967°N 5.783°E / 52.967; 5.783
MunicipalityDe Fryske Marren
 • Total13,090
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Telephone area0513
Dutch Topographic map of Joure, June 2014

Joure (West Frisian: De Jouwer) is a town in the Dutch province of Friesland. With 13,090 inhabitants, it is the largest town in the municipality of De Fryske Marren.[1]


Joure used to be an outskirt of a village called Westermeer, but soon grew bigger than the original town.The main reason was Joure's easy accessibility to waterways which allowed national and international trade to flourish. Around 1950, the name "Westermeer" was erased from the map, and annexed by Joure. Until the early 1950s Joure remained a small-scale village, consisting of few streets and waterways. From then on it started expanding, mainly due to industrial development.

Before 2014, Joure was part of the Skarsterlân municipality and before 1984 it was part of Haskerland.


The town has been renowned since the 18th century for the manufacture of traditional Frisian clocks ('stoelklokken' and 'staartklokken').This was pure home-industry aided by the presence of a local copper-melting facility . As of today, a handful of skilled tradesmen continue to manufacture these clocks.

In 1753 Egbert Douwes founded a company selling colonial goods in Joure. Starting in a small store, this venture really began to evolve as an industrial giant during the 1930-1950's. Family heirs renamed the company to Douwe Egberts and made it a world imperium, mainly focusing on coffee, tea and tobacco. As of today many people in this town still have jobs at or related to DE, even though its headquarters moved to the city of Utrecht decades ago. Further typical industries that helped Joure grow are those related to the furniture and graphic sectors.


Tourism has always been important and Joure offers a wide variety of uniquely typical Frisian attractions of historical, cultural and recreational significance. Its central location as well its sound transportation system make a visit to "De Flecke" easy and memorable.


There are two restored windmills in Joure, De Groene Molen and Penninga's Molen. The base of a third mill, Wielinga-stam also survives.[2]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Joure is twinned with:


  1. ^ Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2017 - CBS
  2. ^ Stichting De Fryske Mole (1995). Friese Molens (in Dutch). Leeuwarden: Friese Pers Boekerij bv. pp. 229–30, 253. ISBN 90-330-1522-6.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Joure at Wikimedia Commons