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Beetsterzwaag (West Frisian: Beetstersweach) is a village in the municipality of Opsterland in the east of Friesland in the Netherlands. It had a population of around 3,485 in January 2017.[1]


Beetsterzwaag church
Beetsterzwaag church
Flag of Beetsterzwaag
Coat of arms of Beetsterzwaag
Coat of arms
Location in Opsterland municipality
Location in Opsterland municipality
Beetsterzwaag is located in Friesland
Location in the Netherlands
Beetsterzwaag is located in Netherlands
Beetsterzwaag (Netherlands)
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°03′40″N 6°4′39″E / 53.06111°N 6.07750°E / 53.06111; 6.07750
CountryNetherlands Netherlands
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
MunicipalityOpsterland Opsterland
 • Total3,485
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Telephone area0512

Notable peopleEdit

Its most famous inhabitant was the Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who died at his home in the village on 19 July 2019. [2] The Dutch poet J. Slauerhoff lived there, who in May–July 1929 ran the practice of the local doctor, a temporary profession eternalized in a poem by J.C. Bloem printed in the national paper Het Vaderland [nl].[3] Beetsterzwaag is also the birthplace of Hilbert van der Duim, a speed skater active in the 1980s; Van der Duim was twice all-around World Champion, twice all-around European champion, and seven times Dutch champion.[4]


  1. ^ Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2017 - CBS Statline
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  3. ^ Bakker, Bert; Gerrit Borgers; Jan Hulsker; Cornelis Jan (Cees) Kelk; Cornelis Pieter (Kees) Lekkerkerker; Jurriaan Schrofer; Ellen Warmond; F.C. Terborgh (2008) [1980]. Schrijversprentenboek (in Dutch). Bezige Bij. p. 25.
  4. ^ "Duim, Hilbert van der". Encyclopedie Drenthe Online. Retrieved 24 February 2010.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Beetsterzwaag at Wikimedia Commons