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Laren (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Located in the region called Gooi, it is the oldest town in that area. It is one of the most affluent in the Netherlands, along with its neighbour Blaricum. Nationally, Laren is well known for its history as a late 20th-century art colony, preserved in the museum Singer Laren, as well as its wide array of shops. Laren is part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (Metropoolregio Amsterdam). This town is not to be confused with Laren in Gelderland, which is the setting for the book "The War in the Corner", by Jan Braakman.

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
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Elbert Roest (D66)
 • Total 12.41 km2 (4.79 sq mi)
 • Land 12.41 km2 (4.79 sq mi)
 • Water 0.00 km2 (0.00 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 5 m (16 ft)
Population (August 2017)[4]
 • Total 11,135
 • Density 897/km2 (2,320/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Laarder, Larenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 1250–1252
Area code 035
Dutch Topographic map of Laren, June 2015


Local governmentEdit

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

Demographics (2007)Edit

  • Birth Rate: 7.29 per 1000
  • Death Rate: 17.94 per 1000
  • NGR: -1.07% per year.[5]

Notable residentsEdit



  1. ^ "drs. E.J. (Elbert) Roest" (in Dutch). Gemeente Laren. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 18 March 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 1251NA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
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