Drechterland (pronunciation ) is a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland and the region of West-Frisia. The municipality was formed in 1979, in a merger of the former municipalities of Hoogkarspel, Westwoud en Oosterblokker. Its original name, Bangert, was changed to "Drechterland" in 1980. In 2006, the former municipality of Venhuizen was added to Drechterland.

Town centre of Schellinkhout


Coat of arms
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°42′N 5°11′E
ProvinceNorth Holland
Established1 January 1979
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorMichiel Pijl (CDA)
  Total80.74 km2 (31.17 sq mi)
  Land59.10 km2 (22.82 sq mi)
  Water21.64 km2 (8.36 sq mi)
Elevation−1 m (−3 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
  Density329/km2 (850/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
1606–1609, 1616–1617, 1696–1697
Area code0228, 0229

Population centres

The municipality of Drechterland consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Hem, Hoogkarspel, Oosterblokker, Oosterleek, Oosterwijzend, Schellinkhout, Venhuizen, Westerwijzend, Westwoud, Wijdenes.


Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Drechterland, June 2015

Local government

The municipal council of Drechterland consists of 17 seats, which are divided as follows:

Notable people


  1. "Samenstelling college van burgemeester en wethouders" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Drechterland. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 1616AV". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11 (1913), Wilhelmus Nuyens retrieved 16 November 2019
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