Swichum is a village in Leeuwarden municipality in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands. It had a population of around 50 in January 2017.[3]

St Nicholas' Church
St Nicholas' Church
Coat of arms of Swichum
Location in Leeuwarden municipality
Location in Leeuwarden municipality
Swichum is located in Friesland
Location in the Netherlands
Swichum is located in Netherlands
Swichum (Netherlands)
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°6′13″N 5°49′10″E / 53.10361°N 5.81944°E / 53.10361; 5.81944
CountryNetherlands Netherlands
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
MunicipalityLeeuwarden Leeuwarden
 • Total1.78 km2 (0.69 sq mi)
Elevation0.8 m (2.6 ft)
 • Total50
 • Density28/km2 (73/sq mi)
Postal code
Dialing code058


The village was first mentioned in the 14th century as Swygghem. The etymology is unclear.[4] Swichum is located on a natural mound. During the 10th century, a dike was built linking the village to Goutum and Leeuwarden.[5]

The Barrahuis was a stins which was built before 1481. The estate was the scene of several battles between the Vetkopers and Schieringers. In 1507, Wigle van Aytta was born in the Barrahuis. In 1515, the Barrahuis was destroyed, however George, Duke of Saxony awarded the van Ayttas the estate Montzimahuis in Leeuwarden. The front of the farm at the location is a remainder of the former estate.[6]

In 1840, Swichum was home to 104 people.[5] Before 1944, Swichum was part of Leeuwarderadeel municipality.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 9087CC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  3. ^ Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2017 - CBS Statline
  4. ^ "Swichum - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "Swichum". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Barrahuis te Wirdum". Stinsen in Friesland (in Dutch). Retrieved 31 March 2022.