Grootegast (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣroːtəˌɣɑst] (About this soundlisten)) is a village and former municipality in the northeastern Netherlands. It is the sister city of Kingston, Tasmania. The municipality was merged into the municipality of Westerkwartier on 1 January 2019.[5]

Former municipality
Wind mill in Sebaldeburen
Wind mill in Sebaldeburen
Flag of Grootegast
Coat of arms of Grootegast
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Grootegast in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°17′E / 53.217°N 6.283°E / 53.217; 6.283Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°17′E / 53.217°N 6.283°E / 53.217; 6.283
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorArd van der Tuuk (acting) (PvdA)
 • Total87.74 km2 (33.88 sq mi)
 • Land86.78 km2 (33.51 sq mi)
 • Water0.96 km2 (0.37 sq mi)
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
9820–9823, 9860–9869
Area code0594


Municipality of Grootegast, June 2015

The municipality contains the population centres: Doezum, Enumatil, Faan, Grootegast, Kornhorn, Lutjegast, Niekerk, Oldekerk, Opende, Sebaldeburen. In some of these villages they still speak the West Frisian language.

The village of GrootegastEdit

Grootegast is the main village of the municipality. The name of the village refers to a 'gast' or 'gaast', a higher, sandy ridge in an otherwise swampy area. Groot is Dutch for 'large'.

Grootegast is the birthplace of the theologian Cornelius Van Til.


Lutjegast is a village in the municipality of Grootegast. In the Groningen dialect of Low German 'Lutje' means small or little.

Lutjegast was the birthplace of the explorer Abel Tasman. Although the house of his birth no longer exists, he is memorialised with a monument, plaque and street name.

Until 1829 a mansion named Rikkerdaborg stood in Lutjegast.


  1. ^ "College van b en w" [Council of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Grootegast. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9861AC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 2019". CBS (in Dutch). Retrieved 30 November 2019.

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