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Flag of the place Drachten
Coat of arms of the place Drachten
coat of arms
province Fryslân Fryslân
local community Flag of the Municipality of Smallingerland Smallingerland
 - land
 - water
24.21  km 2
23.16 km 2
1.05 km 2
Residents 44,940 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Coordinates 53 ° 7 '  N , 6 ° 5'  E Coordinates: 53 ° 7 '  N , 6 ° 5'  E
Important traffic route A7 E22 N31
prefix 0512
Postcodes 7443, 7607, 8911, 9201
Location of Drachten in the municipality of Smallingerland
Location of Drachten in the municipality of SmallingerlandTemplate: Infobox location in the Netherlands / maintenance / map
Church: de oasis
Monumental building in the street

Drachten is a village in the municipality of Smallingerland in the Netherlands ( province of Friesland ). On January 1, 2017, Drachten had 44,940 inhabitants.

Location and economy

Drachten is located in the east of the province, on the Amsterdam - Groningen motorway . There are no railways in this region. As the economic center of the region, Drachten has many small and medium-sized industrial and trading companies of all kinds. In Drachten there is a cultural center with a concert hall, art museum and theater, as well as a hospital and many schools.

Drachten takes part in the EU project Shared Space . As a result, all traffic lights and traffic signs in the city center have been removed. The only traffic rules are “right before left” and a general speed limit of 30 km / h. Since the beginning of the project, the number of accidents has decreased so drastically that there are hardly any accidents today. Other European cities are also taking part in the project under the slogan “city without signs”. These are Ejby in Denmark, Ipswich in England , the Belgian city of Oostende and Bohmte in Lower Saxony.


The village came into being when canals were dug for peat removal from 1641 onwards, and a number of trades arose along these waterways. Drachten flourished until the middle of the 19th century . It also became the economic and administrative center of the surrounding villages. The town hall of Smallingerland is still in Drachten.

Daughters and sons of the place


Web links

Commons : Drachten  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2017 Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek , accessed on June 19, 2018 (Dutch)