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Haren (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦaːrə(n)] (About this soundlisten); Gronings: Hoaren) is a municipality and a town in the northeastern Netherlands located in the direct urban area of the City of Groningen.

Monumental villa in Haren
Monumental villa in Haren
Flag of Haren
Coat of arms of Haren
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Haren in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°10′N 6°36′E / 53.167°N 6.600°E / 53.167; 6.600Coordinates: 53°10′N 6°36′E / 53.167°N 6.600°E / 53.167; 6.600
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorPieter van Veen (VVD)
 • Total50.73 km2 (19.59 sq mi)
 • Land45.58 km2 (17.60 sq mi)
 • Water5.15 km2 (1.99 sq mi)
Elevation7 m (23 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total19,755
 • Density433/km2 (1,120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
9479, 9750–9759
Area code050
Reformed Church of Nicolaas

Haren is a typical commuting municipality with many wealthy inhabitants. It lies on the northern part of a ridge of sand called the Hondsrug. It contains one of two dolmens in the province of Groningen (in the village of Noordlaren) and the largest botanical garden of the Netherlands called Hortus Haren. The municipality comprises a woodland area called Appèlbergen (east of the village of Glimmen) and a lake called Paterswoldsemeer [nl].

Haren was officially mentioned for the first time in 1249.

On September 21, 2012 riots broke out with vandalism and looting in Haren. This was all because of an accidentally public distributed invitation to a birthday party on the social networking site Facebook. The events were called Project X Haren. More than 5000 people showed up and over 30 people were arrested. The damage amounts to more than a million euros.

Population centresEdit

Dutch Topographic map of Haren, June 2015

The town of Haren contains among others the following residential areas:

  • Hemmen
  • Maarwold
  • Molenbuurt
  • Oosterhaar
  • Stationsbuurt
  • Voorveld


Haren's railway station is Haren railway station.

There are regular bus services to and from Groningen, Assen and Emmen.

Groningen Airport Eelde is nearby, albeit that this airport has a limited number of regular international flight destinations. Leisure flights to different international destinations are scheduled throughout the year.


The municipal council of Haren has 17 seats. The table below gives political party and seat counts since 1998.

Municipal council seats
Party 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014
D66 2 1 1 3 5
Gezond Verstand Haren [5] - - - 2 3
VVD 5 5 4 4 2
CDA 3 4 3 2 2
PvdA 4 3 4 3 2
GreenLeft 2 3 4 2 2
ChristianUnion 1 1 1 1 1
Total 17 17 17 17 17

The executive board consists of VVD, PvdA and D66.


  1. ^ "College" (in Dutch). Gemeente Haren. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9751AN". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ Translated: Common Sense Haren.

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