Oosterwolde, Friesland

Oosterwolde (West Frisian: Easterwâlde) is the largest town in the municipality of Ooststellingwerf in the east of Friesland, the Netherlands.[3]

Oosterwolde Church (1962)
Oosterwolde Church (1962)
Location in Ooststellingwerf municipality
Location in Ooststellingwerf municipality
Oosterwolde is located in Friesland
Location in the Netherlands
Oosterwolde is located in Netherlands
Oosterwolde (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 52°59′25″N 6°17′29″E / 52.99028°N 6.29139°E / 52.99028; 6.29139Coordinates: 52°59′25″N 6°17′29″E / 52.99028°N 6.29139°E / 52.99028; 6.29139
CountryNetherlands Netherlands
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
MunicipalityOoststellingwerf Ooststellingwerf
 • Total31.07 km2 (12.00 sq mi)
Elevation7 m (23 ft)
 • Total9,510
 • Density310/km2 (790/sq mi)
Postal code
Dialing code0516

The town was first mentioned between 1325 and 1336 as "tot Oesterwolde", and means eastern forest.[4] Oosterwolde developed between two brinks (communal pastures). The Dutch Reformed church was built in 1735 as a replacement of a medieval church.[5]

Oosterwolde was home to 548 people in 1840.[6] In 1886, Oosterwolde became the capital of the municipality of Ooststellingwerf. In 1887, Frico (nowadays: FrieslandCampina) opened a dairy factory in the village. The cooperative purchasing agency "Oosterwolde" opened factory in 1915 which is a combination of rational and Jugendstil architecture.[5]



  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 8431AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  3. ^ Villages Archived 2017-09-28 at the Wayback Machine - Ooststellingwerf Municipality (in Dutch)
  4. ^ "Oosterwolde". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  5. ^ a b Ronald Stenvert & Sabine Broekhoven (2000). "Oosterwolde" (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. ISBN 90 400 9476 4. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Oosterwolde". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 April 2022.