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West Frisian: Starum
1208 Stavoren 10.JPG
Flag of Stavoren
Coat of arms of Stavoren
Coat of arms
Location in the former Nijefurd municipality
Location in the former Nijefurd municipality
Stavoren is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: Coordinates: 52°53′N 5°22′E / 52.883°N 5.367°E / 52.883; 5.367
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
 • Total950
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Telephone area0514

Stavoren, (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈstaːvərə(n)]; West Frisian: Starum; previously Staveren) is a town in Friesland, Netherlands, on the coast of the IJsselmeer about 5 km south of Hindeloopen, in the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân.

Stavoren had a population of 950 in January 2017[1]. It is one of the stops on the Elfstedentocht (English: "eleven cities tour"), an ice skating contest which occurs when the winter temperatures provide safe conditions. A ferry for pedestrians and cyclists operates between Stavoren and Enkhuizen, with increased trips during summer months. The Friese Kustpad, a 131 kilometres (81 miles) long-distance trail to Lauwersoog, begins in Stavoren.


The Lady of Stavoren, 1969 statue

The historical Stavoren was granted city rights between 1060 and 1067, making it the oldest city in Friesland. It is mentioned in early texts as the burial place of the early kings of Friesland, including the first Christian king Adgil II (d. 730), who was a son of Redbad, the last pagan king who lived from about 670 to 719.[2]

Stavoren began to decline in the late Middle Ages after a sandbank formed outside the harbour, blocking ships from entering and exiting. The appearance of the sandbank is the topic of the Dutch Renaissance folk-tale of the Lady of Stavoren. In 1657, the entire town was submerged in a great flood.

Before 2011, the city was part of the Nijefurd municipality and before 1984 Stavoren was an independent municipality.


  1. ^ Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2017 on CBS Statline.
  2. ^ Geschiedenis van het oude dorp Rottum, en andere bijzonderheden, Volume 1, p. 87. Fongers, 1857, National Library of the Netherlands (original from the University of Amsterdam). A digital version free e-book is at Google Books

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Media related to Stavoren at Wikimedia Commons