Grootegast (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣroːtəˌɣɑst] (listen)) 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.
Wind mill in Sebaldeburen
Location in Groningen
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Ard van der Tuuk (acting) (PvdA)|
|• Total||87.74 km2 (33.88 sq mi)|
|• Land||86.78 km2 (33.51 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.96 km2 (0.37 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
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.
- "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.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 9861AC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
- "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 2019". CBS (in Dutch). Retrieved 30 November 2019.
- Media related to Grootegast at Wikimedia Commons
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