Meppeler toren (Tower of Meppel)
Location in Drenthe
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Richard Korteland (VVD)|
|• 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||2 m (7 ft)|
|• Density||598/km2 (1,550/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
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.
Meppel is the smallest municipality in the province of Drenthe, with a total area of 58 km².
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.
Meppel received city rights in 1644.
The Meppelerdiep, the Drentsche Hoofdvaart and the Hoogeveense Vaart connect Meppel to Zwartsluis, Assen and Hoogeveen. To offload professional transport vessels the Omgelegde Hoogeveense Vaart was dug out south of the city. The Meppelerdiep is accessible for boats with a size of 2000 ton.
The population centres in the municipality are:
By car, the town is accessible via the A28 motorway (Netherlands) towards Zwolle in the south and Groningen to the north-east, A32 motorway (Netherlands) (that begins at the motorway crossing Lankhorst south of the city) towards Leeuwarden in the north.
Meppel is twinned with:
- Jan Jansen Bleecker (1641—1732) merchant and political figure, Mayor of Albany, New York
- Petrus Kiers (1807–1875) a Dutch painter, graphic artist and photographer
- Arent Magnin (1825–1888) a Dutch politician in the administration on the Dutch Gold Coast
- Sir Joseph Joel Duveen (1843–1908) an art dealer and benefactor of art galleries 
- Henry J. Duveen (1854–1919) an art dealer
- Eduard Frankfort (1864–1920) a Dutch Jewish painter
- Petrus Johannes Waardenburg (1886 in Nijeveen – 1979) a Dutch ophthalmologist and geneticist; Waardenburg syndrome is named after him
- Jan Mankes (1889–1920) a Dutch painter, sometimes categorized as a symbolic realist
- Jelle Taeke de Boer (1908–1970) a Dutch art collector
- Roelof Frankot (1911–1984) a Dutch painter, a strong relation with the CoBrA movement
- Ben Nijboer (1915–1999) a Dutch physicist and academic in optics and solid-state physics
- Louise Fresco (born 1952) a Dutch scientist and writer on globally sustainable food production
- Catrien Santing (born 1958) a Dutch medievalist
- Erik Kwakkel (born 1970) a Dutch scholar who specializes in medieval manuscripts, paleography, and codicology
- Albert van der Haar (born 1975) is a Dutch former footballer with almost 500 club caps
- "Richard Korteland" (in Dutch). Gemeente Meppel. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 7941BJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "CBOEK363 - EENIGE SCHELDNAMEN VAN DE EENE PLAATS OP DE ANDERE". Nederlandse Volksverhalenbank. Archived from the original on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
- "De toren". Vrienden van de Grote of Mariakerk. Archived from the original on 30 December 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
- Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement, Duveen, Joseph Joel retrieved 17 November 2019
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