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Sixtus' church
Sixtus' church
Location in the Franekeradeel municipality
Location in the Franekeradeel municipality
Sexbierum is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°13′N 5°29′E / 53.217°N 5.483°E / 53.217; 5.483
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
Municipality Waadhoeke Waadhoeke
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,744
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8855
Telephone area 0517

Sexbierum (West Frisian: Seisbierrum) is a village in the municipality of Waadhoeke, in the central north of the Netherlands. The village is famous for its contraction of the words "Sex", "Bier" (the Dutch word for beer) and "Rum". Because of this, the traffic sign of the village is subject to street sign theft.

Sexbierum is located in the province of Friesland and located about 7 kilometres north-east of Harlingen, about 7 kilometres north-west of Franeker. Distance to Amsterdam is about 100 kilometres.

The village consists of approximately 600 houses, with 1744 inhabitants in January 2014.[1].


In history the town is mentioned as Sixtebeeren (1322), or Sixtusbarra. The name Sixtebeeren is thought to derive from a combination of the name of pope Sixtus II and the Old Frisian word barra.

Seventeenth century admiral Tjerk Hiddes de Vries was born in the village.

There was a station on the North Friesland Railway which opened in 1903 and closed to passengers in May 1935. Final closure took place in December 1961. In the late sixties of the 20th century, Sexbierum and the adjoining village of Pietersbierum merged.

Before 2018, the village was part of the Franekeradeel municipality and before 1984 it belonged to the Barradeel municipality.


West Frisian is the main language in Sexbierum, but the Dutch language has an increasing influence. Circa 1972 the primary schools in Sexbierum switched to Dutch as the main teaching language, instead of West Frisian. Before 1972 the only lessons taught in Dutch were the Dutch language lessons.



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