Pingjum

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Pingjum
Village
Location of Pingjum
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
Population
 • Total 460 [1]

Pingjum (West Frisian: Penjum) is a village in the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân in Friesland, in the northern Netherlands and lies 6.6 kilometres (4.1 mi) southwest of Harlingen. Until 2011 Pingjum belonged to the former municipality Wûnseradiel.

History[edit]

During the February flood of 1825, Frisian seawalls broke. Pingjum was spared thanks to a dike around the village known as the Pingjumer Golden Collar. In 1892 the province of Friesland decided to put an end to the Pingjumer Golden Collar coastal protection, although in several places the dike is still visible. [2]

The Pingjumer Golden Collar southwest of Pingjum in 2011

Notable residents[edit]

  • Obbe Sikkes Bangma (1768-1829), mathematician
  • Rients Gratama, comedian
  • Lammert Scheltes Hilarides (1868-1934), handball player
  • Jan Reitsma (1869-1959), handball player
  • Jan Ykema, former ice-skater, lives in Pingjum

External links[edit]

Media related to Pingjum at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

Coordinates: 53°06′58″N 5°26′24″E / 53.116°N 5.440°E / 53.116; 5.440