Harlingen, Netherlands

Harlingen (Dutch: [ˈɦɑrlɪŋə(n)] (listen); West Frisian: Harns [hãːs] (listen)) is a municipality and a city in the northern Netherlands, in the province of Friesland on the coast of Wadden Sea. Harlingen is a town with a long history of fishing and shipping. Harlingen received city rights in 1234.

Harns  (West Frisian)
Zuiderhaven harbour, Harlingen
Zuiderhaven harbour, Harlingen
Flag of Harlingen
Coat of arms of Harlingen
Highlighted position of Harlingen in a municipal map of Friesland
Location in Friesland
Coordinates: 53°11′N 5°25′E / 53.183°N 5.417°E / 53.183; 5.417Coordinates: 53°11′N 5°25′E / 53.183°N 5.417°E / 53.183; 5.417
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorRoel Sluiter (PvdA)
 • Total387.67 km2 (149.68 sq mi)
 • Land24.96 km2 (9.64 sq mi)
 • Water362.71 km2 (140.04 sq mi)
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total15,758
 • Density631/km2 (1,630/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0517
Dutch Topographic map of Harlingen, June 2014


Harlingen is served by two stations on the railway line from Leeuwarden. From 1904 to 1935 there was a passenger service on the North Friesland Railway, freight being carried until January 1938. Rederij Doeksen operate ferries to the Wadden islands of Vlieland and Terschelling that depart from Harlingen.

The famous Dutch writer Simon Vestdijk was born in Harlingen and used to depict his hometown in his writings as Lahringen.

The town of Harlingen, Texas, in the United States is named after this city because many of the original settlers of the Texas town came from Harlingen.

The Admiralty of Friesland was established in Dokkum in 1597 but moved to Harlingen in 1645.

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  1. ^ "Het College van B&W" [The board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Harlingen. Archived from the original on 30 August 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 8861BD". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 28 July 2019

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