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Laren (About this soundpronunciation ) is a town and municipality in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. Located in the Gooi region, it is the oldest town in the area. It is one of the most affluent in the Netherlands, along with its neighbour Blaricum.

Laren town centre
Laren town centre
Flag of Laren
Coat of arms of Laren
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Laren in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°15′N 5°14′E / 52.250°N 5.233°E / 52.250; 5.233Coordinates: 52°15′N 5°14′E / 52.250°N 5.233°E / 52.250; 5.233
Province North Holland
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorRinske Kruisinga (acting) (CDA)
 • Total12.41 km2 (4.79 sq mi)
 • Land12.41 km2 (4.79 sq mi)
 • Water0.00 km2 (0.00 sq mi)
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total11,135
 • Density897/km2 (2,320/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Laarder, Larenaar
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code035

Nationally, Laren is well known for its history as a late 19th-century art colony, preserved in the museum Singer Laren, its retirement home for elderly artists Rosa Spier Huis, as well as its wide array of shops. Laren is part of the Amsterdam metropolitan area, situated east of Amsterdam. The town has an homonym in Gelderland, which is the setting for the book "The War in the Corner", by Jan Braakman.



Topographic map of Laren, 2015

The municipal council of Laren consists of 15 seats, which since 2014 are divided as follows:

  • Larens Behoud – 5 seats
  • VVD – 3 seats
  • Liberaal Laren – 2 seats
  • CDA – 2 seats
  • D66 – 2 seats
  • PvdA – 1 seats


In 2007, Laren had the following demographic data:

  • Birth rate: 7.29 per 1,000
  • Death rate: 17.94 per 1,000
  • NGR: -1.07% per year[5]

In August 2017, there were 11,135 inhabitants in Laren. The municipality has a population density of 897/km2 (2,320/sq mi).

Notable residentsEdit



  1. ^ "drs. E.J. (Elbert) Roest" (in Dutch). Gemeente Laren. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 1251NA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^, Laren page.

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