|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Oebele Brouwer|
|• Total||103.98 km2 (40.15 sq mi)|
|• Land||102.23 km2 (39.47 sq mi)|
|• Water||1.75 km2 (0.68 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|• Density||272/km2 (700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Parts of 9000 range
|Area code||0511, 0512|
The name Achtkarspelen, literally meaning "eight parishes", is derived from the original eight parishes within the grietenij, namely: Augustinusga, Buitenpost (the capital), Drogeham, De Kooten, Kortwoude, Lutkepost, Surhuizum and Twijzel. Achtkarspelen held a separate status within Friesland for many years. In the Middle Ages Achtkarspelen fell under the Bishopric of Münster, meanwhile the rest of Friesland was a part of the Bishopric of Utrecht.
The administrative centre in the municipality is Buitenpost.
|Dutch name||West Frisian name||Population|
- Derk Holman (1916 in Buitenpost – 1982 in Groningen) a Dutch sculptor and ceramist
- Louw de Graaf (born 1930 in Kootstertille) a retired Dutch politician and trade union leader.
- Gerriet Postma (1932 in Twijzelerheide – 2009) a Dutch painter
- Johannes Lützen Bouma (born 1934 in Twijzelerheide) a Dutch economist and academic
- David Porcelijn (born 1947 in Achtkarspelen) a Dutch composer and conductor
- Joop Atsma (born 1956 in Surhuisterveen) a Dutch politician and sport administrator.
- Meindert Talma (born 1968 in Surhuisterveen) a Dutch lo-fi singer and keyboardist
- Oedo Kuipers (born 1989 in Stroobos) a Dutch singer and actor in musical theatre
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
- "Postcodetool for 9285NH". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
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