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The Frisian settlement area
The flags of the Three Friesland : North Friesland , East Friesland , Province of Friesland (from left to right)

The settlement areas of the Frisians , which stretch along the Dutch and German North Sea coasts, have been called Friesland since ancient times . The Inter-Frisian Council , which represents the interests of all of Frisia , speaks of the Three Frisians . This refers to the Westerlauwers'sche Friesland , which essentially comprises the Dutch province of Friesland , the eastern Friesland with the Frisian settlement areas from the Ems to the mouth of the Weser, and the Schleswig-Holstein region of North Friesland including the island of Helgoland . With the exception of a few areas such as Dithmarschen, the original Friesland encompasses a stretch of coast of varying widths from the Rhine-Maas delta to the present-day German-Danish border.


Based on membership of the Inter-Frisian Council, the Frieslande comprises the following administrative areas today:

In the Netherlands

In Germany

Lower Saxony


See also

Web links

Commons : Friesland  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Friesland  - travel guide


  • Thomas Steensen (ed.): The Friesland. Bräist / Bredstedt 2006, ISBN 978-3-88007-333-3 .
  • Hajo van Lengen (Ed.): The Frisian Freedom of the Middle Ages - Life and Legend , Aurich 2003, ISBN 3-932206-30-4 .
  • Tobias Weger : Greater Silesian? Greater Frisian? Greater German! Ethnonationalism in Silesia and Friesland, 1925–1945 , Berlin and Boston 2017.

Individual evidence

  1. For example Conrad Wierichs: attempt of some remarks about the state of Friesland in the middle of times where the special meyings in the Frisian history, the borders and divisions of the Friesland and the privilege Caroli Magni are examined and explained , Oldenburg 1741, p. 37ff ( II. Note: Of the borders and divisions of the Friesland )
  2. ^ Inter-Frisian Council: The Frisians ; Accessed July 20, 2015