Bovensmilde is a town in the Netherlands' province of Drenthe. It is a part of the municipality of Midden-Drenthe, and lies about six kilometers (3.7 mi) southwest of Assen.

Bovensmilde
Town
LocatieMidden-Drenthe.png
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Bovensmilde in the municipality of Midden-Drenthe.
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Bovensmilde in the municipality of Midden-Drenthe.
Coordinates: 52°58′33″N 6°28′52″E / 52.97583°N 6.48111°E / 52.97583; 6.48111Coordinates: 52°58′33″N 6°28′52″E / 52.97583°N 6.48111°E / 52.97583; 6.48111
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceDrenthe
MunicipalityMidden-Drenthe
Population
 (2008)
 • Total3,378
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
9421
Dialing code0592

In 2001, the town of Bovensmilde had 2,873 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.76 km², and contained 1,094 residences.[1] The statistical area "Bovensmilde", which can also include the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 3,960.[2]

On 23 May 1977, Moluccan terrorists occupied an elementary school in Bovensmilde and took 105 children and five teachers as hostages. After five days the children were released. On 11 June, the five remaining teachers were freed when the school was stormed by a Dutch army tank, and the hostage takers were apprehended.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
  2. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005 Archived 2006-07-24 at WebCite. As of 1 January 2005.