Heerenveen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɦeːrə(n)ˈveːn] (listen), West Frisian: It Hearrenfean [ət ˌjɛrn̩ˈfɪən] (listen)) is a town and municipality in the province of Friesland (Fryslan), in the north of the Netherlands. The town has gained international prominence in speed skating, for it has the fastest lowland speed skating rink in the world.

Location of the municipality (red) and the city (dark red) in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands
Location of the municipality (red) and the city (dark red) in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 52°58′N 5°55′E / 52.967°N 5.917°ECoordinates: 52°58′N 5°55′E / 52.967°N 5.917°E
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorTjeerd van der Zwan (PvdA)
 • Total187.76 km2 (72.49 sq mi)
 • Land180.86 km2 (69.83 sq mi)
 • Water6.90 km2 (2.66 sq mi)
Elevation1 m (3 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total50,230
 • Density278/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0513, 0516
Map of the city of Heerenveen (2014)
Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Heerenveen
Thialf ijsbaan
Thialf, indoor speed skating venue
Abe Lenstra Stadion 08c
Abe Lenstra Stadion, football stadium
21169 Heerenveen Crackstate 2
City hall
Museum Belvédère


The town was established in 1551 by three lords as a location for the purpose of digging peat which was used for fuel, hence the name (heer is "lord", veen is "peat"). Heerenveen was not one of the traditional eleven cities in Friesland (Fryslan) as it did not have so-called city rights. However, it is now one of the larger municipalities of the province.

The windmill Welgelegen or Tjepkema's Molen is the only survivor of seventeen which have stood in Heerenveen.[5]

Population centres

Population as of 1 January 2018:

Heerenveen (32,900), Akkrum (3406), Aldeboarn (1479), Bontebok (445), De Knipe (1470), Gersloot (280), Hoornsterzwaag (815), Jubbega (3510), Katlijk (630), Luinjeberd (450), Mildam (740), Nes (1104), Nieuwebrug (210), Nieuwehorne (1500), Nieuweschoot (180), Oranjewoud (1610), Oudehorne (840), Oudeschoot (1480), Terband (265), and Tjalleberd (800).



Railway station: Heerenveen

Local government

municipal legislative
Party seats change
PvdA 12 +5
CDA 4 −1
VVD 4 −1
Leefbaar Heerenveen 2 −2
GroenLinks 2 +0
ChristenUnie 2 +1
FNP 1 +0
SP 0 −1
D66 0 −1
Total 27 -


Heerenveen is famous for its sporting accomplishments and world class sports accommodations. These include the Abe Lenstra football stadium and the Thialf speed skating arena which was one of the first indoor 400m ice rinks in the world, and where annually held international events draw large crowds. Thialf is also home to the city's ice hockey team, the Heerenveen Flyers. The town's football team, SC Heerenveen, plays in the first tier and has been a steady presence in the Europa League, topped by the team's biggest achievement when they qualified for the UEFA Champions League in 2000. In 2006, the "Sportstad" (Sport City) project was completed, which included a gymnastics hall, swimming pool and an extension to the football stadium, all of which are clustered together. The Abe Lenstra stadium is unusual because its supporter capacity is larger than the number of inhabitants of the town. One of the few football venues that shares this distinction is Stade Félix Bollaert in Lens, France. Several American football venues, mostly college football venues, also share this distinction.

Notable residents

Twin cities


  1. ^ "Burgemeester Tjeerd van der Zwan" [Mayor Tjeerd van der Zwan] (in Dutch). Gemeente Heerenveen. Retrieved 11 September 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 8441ES". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Geschiedenis" (in Dutch). De Hollandsche Molen. Retrieved 20 March 2010.

External links

Heerenveen panorama 01
Heerenveen panorama 01
2007–08 Eredivisie

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2009–10 Eredivisie

The Eredivisie 2009–10 was the 54th season of Eredivisie since its establishment in 1955. AZ were the reigning champions. A total of 18 teams is taking part in the league, consisting of 16 who competed in the previous season and two promoted from the Eerste Divisie. The teams promoted from the Eerste Divisie at the end of the previous season were champions VVV Venlo, and promotion/relegation play-off winners RKC Waalwijk.

The season started on 31 July 2009 and ended on 2 May 2010. FC Twente won their first ever Eredivisie title.

During the halfway break PSV Eindhoven had been evenly matched with Twente, however towards the end AFC Ajax had climbed up the table with remarkable wins and many goals scored, taken second from PSV Eindhoven, and PSV's falter landed them in third.

2018–19 Eredivisie

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2019 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships

The 2019 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships was held at the Thialf in Heerenveen, Netherlands, from 23 to 24 February 2019.

Abe Lenstra Stadion

Abe Lenstra Stadion (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌaːbə ˈlɛnstraː ˌstaːdijɔn]) is a football stadium in Heerenveen, Netherlands. It is currently used mostly as a home ground for Eredivisie club Heerenveen. The current capacity is 26,100.

Afonso Alves

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He was capped eight times for the Brazilian national team in 2007, managing to score a single goal for his representative country during this spell.

Alfreð Finnbogason

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With Heerenveen, Alfreð was the Dutch Eredivisie's top scorer in the 2013–14 season with 29 goals, a tally topped only by Luis Suárez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jonathan Soriano in Europe's top leagues that season.Alfreð made his debut for the Icelandic national team against the Faroe Islands in 2010. He has earned 56 caps to date, scoring 16 goals. He was part of their squad at UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he became the first Icelander to score a goal in the FIFA World Cup.

Bas Dost

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Having begun his career at FC Emmen in the Eerste Divisie, Dost later played in the Eredivisie for Heracles Almelo and SC Heerenveen. In 2012, after being the top scorer in the league with 32 goals in 34 games, he was signed by VfL Wolfsburg. Four years later, having helped his team win the DFB-Pokal he signed for Primeira Liga side Sporting CP. He won the Bola de Prata for top scorer in his first Primeira Liga season, with 34 goals in 31 games.

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Bob Kelly (footballer)

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He made 14 appearances for England between 1920 and 1928, scoring 8 goals.

He also had spells as manager at Carlisle United, Stockport County, SC Heerenveen and KFC.

Daryl Janmaat

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He began his career at ADO Den Haag, and went on to play for the Eredivisie clubs Heerenveen and Feyenoord before joining Newcastle on a six-year deal in 2014.

A full international since 2012, Janmaat has earned over 20 caps and was part of the Dutch team which finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Eredivisie (women)

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Gertjan Verbeek

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Hakim Ziyech

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

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Huntelaar is described as a "prolific striker" with a "brilliant first touch" and has been compared in style to players such as Marco van Basten and Ruud van Nistelrooy. In 2009, former Netherlands national team manager Louis van Gaal was quoted saying about the player, "in the penalty area, he is the best player in the world, bar none."Huntelaar has played for PSV, De Graafschap, AGOVV Apeldoorn, Heerenveen, Ajax, Real Madrid and Milan, before joining Schalke 04 in August 2010, for whom he was the top goalscorer in the 2011–12 Bundesliga with 29 league goals. Huntelaar is also Schalke's second highest goalscorer of all time, behind Klaus Fischer. He returned to Ajax on 1 June 2017 on a one-year contract.Huntelaar was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and Ajax "Player of the Year" in 2006, and was a part of the Dutch side that won the 2006 UEFA U-21 Championship where he became the tournament's leading goalscorer. He was also named as one of two strikers in the UEFA Team of the Tournament. He is the all-time top scorer of the Netherlands U-21 national team with 18 goals in 23 appearances.

Luciano Narsingh

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SC Heerenveen

Sportclub Heerenveen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈspɔrtklɵp ˌɦeːrə(n)ˈveːn]; West Frisian: Sportklub It Hearrenfean) football club that plays in the Eredivisie, the top level of football in the Netherlands.

Welgelegen, Heerenveen

Welgelegen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɛlɣəleːɣə(n)], English: Well-situated) or Tjepkema's Molen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈcɛpkəmaːs moːlə(n)], English: Tjepka's Mill) is a smock mill in Heerenveen, Friesland, Netherlands, which was built in 1849 and has been restored to working order. The mill is listed as a Rijksmonument, No. 21171.

Places adjacent to Heerenveen
Populated places in the municipality of Heerenveen
Municipalities of Friesland


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