Sexbierum (West Frisian: Seisbierrum) is a village in the municipality of Waadhoeke, in the central north of the Netherlands.


Sixtus' church
Sixtus' church
Location in the Franekeradeel municipality
Location in the Franekeradeel municipality
Sexbierum is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°13′N 5°29′E / 53.217°N 5.483°E / 53.217; 5.483
CountryNetherlands Netherlands
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
MunicipalityWaadhoeke Waadhoeke
 • Total1,744
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Telephone area0517

Sexbierum is located in the province of Friesland and located about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north-east of Harlingen, about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north-west of Franeker. Distance to Amsterdam is about 100 kilometres (62.1 mi).

The village consists of approximately 600 houses, with 1744 inhabitants in January 2014.[1]


In history the town is mentioned as Sixtebeeren (1322), or Sixtusbarra. The name Sixtebeeren is thought to derive from a combination of the name of pope Sixtus II and the Old Frisian word barra.

Seventeenth century admiral Tjerk Hiddes de Vries was born in the village.

There was a station on the North Friesland Railway which opened in 1903 and closed to passengers in May 1935. Final closure took place in December 1961. In the late sixties of the 20th century, Sexbierum and the adjoining village of Pietersbierum merged.

Before 2018, the village was part of the Franekeradeel municipality and before 1984 it belonged to the Barradeel municipality.


West Frisian is the main language in Sexbierum, but the Dutch language has an increasing influence. Circa 1972 the primary schools in Sexbierum switched to Dutch as the main teaching language, instead of West Frisian. Before 1972 the only lessons taught in Dutch were the Dutch language lessons.



  1. ^ Aantal inwoners per buurt/dorp Archived 2012-08-12 at the Wayback Machine - Franekeradeel

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