Bedum (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbeːdɵm] (About this soundlisten), Gronings: Beem) is a former municipality and a town in the northeastern Netherlands. Populated by inhabitants in 2019, Bedum is one of the larger of Groningen's several satellite towns. On 1 January 2019 it merged with the municipalities of De Marne, Eemsmond and Winsum to form the new municipality Het Hogeland.

Bedum
Former municipality
Church in Westerdijkshorn
Church in Westerdijkshorn
Flag of Bedum
Flag
Coat of arms of Bedum
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Bedum in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Bedum is located in Netherlands
Bedum
Bedum
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 53°18′N 6°36′E / 53.300°N 6.600°E / 53.300; 6.600Coordinates: 53°18′N 6°36′E / 53.300°N 6.600°E / 53.300; 6.600
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceGroningen
Area
 • Total44.96 km2 (17.36 sq mi)
 • Land44.57 km2 (17.21 sq mi)
 • Water0.39 km2 (0.15 sq mi)
Elevation−1 m (−3 ft)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
9780–9789, 9959
Area code050
Websitewww.bedum.nl
Topographic map of Bedum, June 2015

Bedum is the site of three supermarkets, several pubs, and a leaning church tower, dubbed "the leaning tower of Bedum". Footballer Arjen Robben was born in Bedum (23 January 1984).

Bedum has a railway station - Bedum railway station.

The leaning towerEdit

Bedum's 36-metre tower of the St Walfridus church has been calculated as now leaning at a greater angle than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If both towers were the same height, Bedum's would have a greater displacement by 6 cm.[4]

Population centresEdit

MayorsEdit

  • 1860-1873 J.H. Leopold (previously mayor of Adorp)
  • 1873-1878 W.J. Bekker
  • 1878-1895 R.J. van Bruggen
  • 1895-1909 dr H.V. Schleurholts
  • 1909-1914 Simon Berman (previously of Kwadijk, Warder, and Middelie and of Schagen, subsequently of Alblasserdam)
  • 1914-1917 Klaas van Sevenhoven (ARP) (previously of Stedum, subsequently of Onstwedde)
  • 1917-1943 M. Jouwstra (ARP) (previously town clerk of Ambt Hardenberg)
  • 1943-194? I.G. Timmer (NSB)
  • 19??-1962 J.N. Spoelstra
  • 1962-1971 J.C. Lindeboom (ARP)
  • 1971-1991 Albert Smallenbroek (ARP/CDA)
  • 1991-2009 Wilte Everts (CDA)
  • 2010-2017 Henk Bakker (CDA)
  • 2017-2018 Erica van Lente (PvdA, acting)

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 9781JL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ Dutch say Pisa no longer Europe's most leaning tower, Reuters, 28 August 2009
  5. ^ "De Wiel Coerver Methode" (in Dutch). Vvjps.nl. Archived from the original on 21 April 2003. Retrieved 3 August 2008.

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