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Wind mill in Sebaldeburen
Wind mill in Sebaldeburen
Flag of Grootegast
Coat of arms of Grootegast
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Grootegast in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°17′E / 53.217°N 6.283°E / 53.217; 6.283Coordinates: 53°13′N 6°17′E / 53.217°N 6.283°E / 53.217; 6.283
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorArd van der Tuuk (acting) (PvdA)
 • Total87.74 km2 (33.88 sq mi)
 • Land86.78 km2 (33.51 sq mi)
 • Water0.96 km2 (0.37 sq mi)
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total12,183
 • Density140/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
9820–9823, 9860–9869
Area code0594

Grootegast (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣroːtəˌɣɑst] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality and a village in the northeastern Netherlands. It is the sister city of Kingston, Tasmania.


Municipality of Grootegast, June 2015

The municipality contains the population centres: Doezum, Enumatil, Faan, Grootegast, Kornhorn, Lutjegast, Niekerk, Oldekerk, Opende, Sebaldeburen. In some of these villages they still speak the West Frisian language.

The village of Grootegast[edit]

Grootegast is the main village of the municipality. The name of the village refers to a 'gast' or 'gaast', a higher, sandy ridge in an otherwise swampy area. Groot is Dutch for 'large'.

Grootegast is the birthplace of the theologian Cornelius Van Til.


Lutjegast is a village in the municipality of Grootegast. In the Groningen dialect of Low German 'Lutje' means small or little.

Lutjegast was the birthplace of the explorer Abel Tasman. Although the house of his birth no longer exists, he is memorialised with a monument, plaque and street name.

Until 1829 a mansion named Rikkerdaborg stood in Lutjegast.


  1. ^ "College van b en w" [Council of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Grootegast. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9861AC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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