Slochteren (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈslɔxtərə(n)] (About this soundlisten)) is a village and former municipality with a population of 15,546 in the province of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands. On January 1, 2018, Slochteren merged with Hoogezand-Sappemeer and Menterwolde, forming the municipality Midden-Groningen.

Village and former municipality
Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren
Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren
Highlighted position of Slochteren in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°48′E / 53.217°N 6.800°E / 53.217; 6.800Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°48′E / 53.217°N 6.800°E / 53.217; 6.800
 • Total158.87 km2 (61.34 sq mi)
 • Land151.03 km2 (58.31 sq mi)
 • Water7.84 km2 (3.03 sq mi)
Elevation−1 m (−3 ft)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
9615–9629, 9939
Area code0598

The former municipality can be characterized as a chain of small villages dividing a mostly agricultural landscape. Having an agricultural background for at least a thousand years, the community houses for the most part commuters to nearby towns like Hoogezand, Groningen and Delfzijl. The mansion Fraeylemaborg (a small 'castle', the oldest parts of which are dated in the Middle Ages) is located in Slochteren.


The population centres in the former municipality are:


Topographic map of the municipality of Slochteren, June 2015

Natural gas fieldEdit

Slochteren is in the center of the giant Groningen gas field, discovered in 1959, ensuring the position of the Netherlands as a major energy exporting country. The estimated gas reserves in 2009 was 2,700 km3 (650 cu mi).[4]


  1. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 9621AL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ NAM/Shell gas/oil website

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