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Former court in Beetsterzwaag
Former court in Beetsterzwaag
Flag of Opsterland
Coat of arms of Opsterland
Position of Opsterland in a map of Friesland
Location in Friesland
Coordinates: 53°4′N 6°5′E / 53.067°N 6.083°E / 53.067; 6.083Coordinates: 53°4′N 6°5′E / 53.067°N 6.083°E / 53.067; 6.083
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorEllen van Selm (D66)
 • Total227.64 km2 (87.89 sq mi)
 • Land224.40 km2 (86.64 sq mi)
 • Water3.24 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
Elevation3 m (10 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total29,723
 • Density132/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
8400–8409, 9240–9249
Area code0512, 0513, 0516

Opsterland (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɔpstərlɑnt] (About this soundlisten); West Frisian: Opsterlân) is a municipality in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands.

Population centres[edit]

A small part of the village Waskemeer lays within the municipality and the part of the industrial site called Drachten-Azeven has its own postal code but it is not a real village.


The hamlets within the municipality are: Ald Beets, Allardsoog (partially), De Hanebuert, De Koaibosk, Easterein, Foarwurk, Haneburen, Heidehuizen, Hemrikerverlaat, Klein Groningen, Kortezwaag, Moskou (partially), Nieuwe Vaart, Petersburg (partially), Rolbrêge, Selmien, Sparjebird, Ulesprong, Ureterp aan de Vaart, Vosseburen, Welgelegen (partially), Wijngaarden and Wijnjeterpverlaat.



Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Opsterland, June 2015

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Opsterland is twinned with:

The choice of twinning with both an Israeli city and a Palestinian one is Opsterland's modest contribution to trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. As well as bilateral contacts with both of their partners, the Dutch officials try to encourage trilateral meetings and induce greater contact between Ra'anana and Beit Sahour, which are located at a short geographical distance from each other but are separated by conflict and mutual mistrust. In 2012 Francisca Ravestein, Nahum Hofree, Hani Al-Hayik - the mayors, respectively, of Opsterland, Ra'anana and Beit Sahour - jointly inaugurated a photo exhibition at the municipal building in Opsterland.[7]

Notable people[edit]

portrait of Tinco Lycklama, 1869




  1. ^ "Burgemeester Francisca Ravestein" [Mayor Elma van Selm] (in Dutch). Gemeente Opsterland. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9244CR". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Stedenband Opsterland-Ra'anana" [City Connection Opsterland-Ra'anana]. Stedenbanden.nl. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Vanaf 1960 onderhoudt de gemeente Opsterland contacten met de gemeente Ra'anana. Deze contacten zijn in 1963 officieel vastgelegd in een 'vriendschapsverdrag'. In maart 2000 is een delegatie naar Ra'anana gereisd om te praten over een meer themagerichte invulling van het verdrag.
  6. ^ "Ra'anana: Twin towns & Sister cities - Friends around the World". raanana.muni.il. Archived from the original on 28 February 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  7. ^ *Ra'anana Municipality website Archived 2012-06-10 at the Wayback Machine

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