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Meppeler toren (Tower of Meppel)
Meppeler toren (Tower of Meppel)
Flag of Meppel
Coat of arms of Meppel
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Meppel in a municipal map of Drenthe
Location in Drenthe
Coordinates: 52°42′N 6°11′E / 52.700°N 6.183°E / 52.700; 6.183Coordinates: 52°42′N 6°11′E / 52.700°N 6.183°E / 52.700; 6.183
Country Netherlands
Province Drenthe
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Jan Westmaas (CDA)
 • Total 57.03 km2 (22.02 sq mi)
 • Land 55.69 km2 (21.50 sq mi)
 • Water 1.34 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 2 m (7 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 32,860
 • Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Meppeler
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 7940–7949, 7965–7969
Area code 0522
Dutch Topographic map of Meppel (city), March 2014

Meppel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɛpəl]) is a municipality and a city in the northeast of the Netherlands, in the south-west of the province Drenthe.

It developed in the 16th century as a transport and distribution inland harbour for turf. There used to be a lot of waterways in the town, but now only one remains.

People born in Meppel are occasionally referred to as 'Meppeler Muggen'; this translates as mosquitos/gnats from Meppel. This is due to a traditional folk tale. The people of Meppel thought the church tower was on fire. After closer inspection it was only a swarm of mosquitos.

Population centres[edit]

Broekhuizen, De Kolk, De Schiphorst, Havixhorst, Kolderveen, Kolderveense Bovenboer, Lindenhorst, Meppel, Nijentap, Nijeveen, Nijeveense Bovenboer, and Rogat.


Meppel received city rights in 1644. It is the oldest town in the province of Drenthe.


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  1. ^ "Jan Westmaas" (in Dutch). Gemeente Meppel. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 7941BJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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