Wierum alongside the Wadden Sea, Hegebeintum, Wânswert, City hall and windmills in Dokkum
Wierum alongside the Wadden Sea, Hegebeintum, Wânswert,
City hall and windmills in Dokkum
Coat of arms of Noardeast-Fryslân
Coat of arms
Location in Friesland
Location in Friesland
Coordinates: 53°20′N 6°03′E / 53.333°N 6.050°E / 53.333; 6.050Coordinates: 53°20′N 6°03′E / 53.333°N 6.050°E / 53.333; 6.050
Country Netherlands
Province Friesland
Established 1 January 2019
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor (acting) Haijo Apotheker (D66)
 • Total 516.45 km2 (199.40 sq mi)
 • Land 377.83 km2 (145.88 sq mi)
 • Water 138.62 km2 (53.52 sq mi)
 (January 2019)
 • Total 45,181
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Parts of 9000, 9100, 9200 and 9800 range
Area code 0511, 0518, 0519, 058, 0594

Noardeast-Fryslân is a municipality of Friesland in the northern Netherlands. It was established 1 January 2019 and consists of the former municipalities of Dongeradeel, Ferwerderadiel and Kollumerland en Nieuwkruisland, all three of which dissolved on the same day.[1]

The municipality is located in the province of Friesland on the Wadden Sea coast, in the north of the Netherlands. Noardeast-Fryslân is bordered by the municipalities of Waadhoeke, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog, Leeuwarden, Dantumadiel and the province of Groningen. The population in January 2019 was 45,181.[2] It is Friesland's seventh-most populous municipality. The largest population centre (2018 population, 12,576) is Dokkum. The residents speak West Frisian, a Dutch Low Saxon dialect or Dutch.

Part of the municipality are the Engelsmanplaat sandbank and most of the Rif sandbank (which is shared with Schiermonnikoog for a small part).


The municipality is a part or corner in the northeast (West Frisian: noardeast) of the province of Friesland (West Frisian: Fryslân). [3]

Population centres

Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Noardeast-Fryslân, November 2018
Historical population of the former municipalities 1718–2018

The municipality consists of 53 settlements of which Dokkum is the seat of government. Noardeast-Fryslân is also a region that is experiencing population decline.[4]

Sources:, Ferwerderadiel and Kollumerland.[5]


The ferry to Ameland departs from Holwerd. Arriva runs several regional buses. Bus route 50 Leeuwarden-Dokkum-Lauwersoog connects with the departures of the ferry to Schiermonnikoog[6]

Notable people

Public thinking and Public Service

Gemma Frisius, ca.1540

The Arts

Nienke van Hichtum



  1. ^ "Gemeentelijke herindeling" [Municipal merger]. (in Dutch). Municipality Noardeast-Fryslân. Archived from the original on 28 September 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Noardeast-Fryslân nieuwe gemeentenaam DFK" [Noardeast-Fryslân new name municipality DFK]. (in Dutch). 30 March 2017. Archived from the original on 17 June 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  4. ^ population decline Archived 2017-08-31 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch), on
  5. ^ aantal inwoners Archived 2017-10-21 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  6. ^ Wagenborg Passagiersdiensten public transportation Retrieved on 8 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Aitzema,LieuweVan" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 01 (11th ed.). 1911.
  8. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 11 March 2020

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