Bedum (Dutch: [ˈbeːdʏm] (listen); 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.

Beem  (Gronings)
Former municipality
Church in Westerdijkshorn
Church in Westerdijkshorn
Flag of Bedum
Coat of arms of Bedum
Highlighted position of Bedum in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Bedum is located in Groningen (province)
Location in the Netherlands
Bedum is located in Netherlands
Bedum (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
 • Total25.03 km2 (9.66 sq mi)
Elevation−1 m (−3 ft)
 • Total8,650
 • Density350/km2 (900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code050

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.[3]

Fomer population centresEdit

Notable peopleEdit



  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 9781JL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  3. ^ Dutch say Pisa no longer Europe's most leaning tower, Reuters, 28 August 2009
  4. ^ "De Wiel Coerver Methode" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 21 April 2003. Retrieved 3 August 2008.

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