Hoogeveen [ˌɦoːɣəˈveːn] (listen) (Dutch Low Saxon: 't Ogeveine or 't Oveine) is a municipality and a town in the northeastern Netherlands.

Former court house in Hoogeveen


Coat of arms
Location in Drenthe
Coordinates: 52°44′N 6°29′E
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorKarel Loohuis (PvdA)
  Total129.25 km2 (49.90 sq mi)
  Land127.67 km2 (49.29 sq mi)
  Water1.58 km2 (0.61 sq mi)
Elevation12 m (39 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
  Density433/km2 (1,120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Parts of 7900 range
Area code0524, 0528

Population centres

Elim, Fluitenberg, Hoogeveen and Noordscheschut, which still have the canals which used to be throughout the town. Other villages of the town are Hollandscheveld, Nieuw Moscou, Nieuweroord, Nieuwlande, Pesse, Stuifzand and Tiendeveen.


Hoogeveen dates its history to 20 December 1625, when Roelof van Echten bought a large tract of peat land from farmers of the district with the plan to harvest its peat. One old map of the area called it Locus Deserta Atque ob Multos Paludes Invia, a deserted and impenetrable place of many swamps. Hoogeveen itself was established in 1636 by Peter Joostens Warmont and Johan van der Meer.

Its coat of arms, granted 10 November 1819, is white, with a pile of peat covered in straw in the center and beehives on each side, representing the town's first two major industries.

Vincent van Gogh visited the area in the fall of 1883.[5]

In the second half of the 1960s, Hoogeveen was the fastest growing town in the Netherlands. Its rapid growth during that period led its city council to fill in most of the town's canals, canals dug in the area's early days when it was a prime source of peat.

Access to the town is provided by the A28 (Utrecht - Groningen) highway, the N/A37 (Hoogeveen - Germany), and the Western Cities - Groningen railway.

The then recognized oldest person in the world, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, lived in Hoogeveen until her death in August 2005, two months after her 115th birthday.

Hoogeveen also has a small airport that attracts some tourism. Since 1997 the Hoogeveen Chess Tournament has been organized here.


Railway Station: Hoogeveen

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Hoogeveen is twinned with:

Notable people




  1. "De leden van het college" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Hoogeveen. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 7901BW". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. Dead link to The New Yorker
  6. IMDb Database retrieved 07 September 2019


  • Dijk, Wout J., & van der Sluis, Meent W.: De Drentse tijd van Vincent van Gogh, Boon uitgeverij, Groningen 2001 ISBN 90-75913-18-4
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