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Achtkarspelen (Dutch pronunciation: [ɑxtˈkɑrspələ(n)] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality in Friesland in the northern Netherlands.

Achtkarspelen
Road into Surhuizum
Road into Surhuizum
Flag of Achtkarspelen
Flag
Coat of arms of Achtkarspelen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Achtkarspelen in a municipal map of Friesland
Location in Friesland
Coordinates: 53°15′N 6°9′E / 53.250°N 6.150°E / 53.250; 6.150Coordinates: 53°15′N 6°9′E / 53.250°N 6.150°E / 53.250; 6.150
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceFriesland
Government
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorGerben Gerbrandy (FNP)
Area
 • Total103.98 km2 (40.15 sq mi)
 • Land102.40 km2 (39.54 sq mi)
 • Water1.58 km2 (0.61 sq mi)
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
Population
(August 2017)[4]
 • Total27,943
 • Density273/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
Parts of 9000 range
Area code0511, 0512
Websitewww.achtkarspelen.nl

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HistoryEdit

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 grietenij Achtkarspelen became a municipality in 1851 as a result of the Municipality Act of Minister of the Interior Johan Rudolph Thorbecke.

Population centresEdit

 
Topographic map of Achtkarspelen, June 2015

The administrative centre in the municipality is Buitenpost.

Dutch name West Frisian name Population
Augustinusga Stynsgea 1332
Boelenslaan Boelensloane 1145
Buitenpost Bûtenpost 5785
Drogeham Droegeham 1751
Gerkesklooster-Stroobos Gerkeskleaster-Strobos 1140
Harkema De Harkema 4235
Kootstertille Koatstertille 2595
Surhuisterveen Surhústerfean 5810
Surhuizum Surhuzem 1371
Twijzel Twizel 1093
Twijzelerheide Twizelerheide 1889

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Burgemeester Gerben Gerbrandy" [Mayor Gerben Gerbrandy] (in Dutch). Gemeente Achtkarspelen. Archived from the original on 20 July 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9285NH". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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