Drenthe

Drenthe (Dutch: [ˈdrɛntə] (listen); German: [dʁn̩tə]) is a province of the Netherlands located in the northeastern part of the country. It is bordered by Overijssel to the south, Friesland to the west, Groningen to the north, and the German state of Lower Saxony to the east. As of November 2019, Drenthe had a population of 493,449[2] and a total area of 2,680 km2 (1,030 sq mi).

Drenthe
Anthem: "Mijn Drenthe"
"My Drenthe"
Location of Drenthe in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 52°55′N 6°35′E
CountryNetherlands
CapitalAssen
Largest cityEmmen
Government
  King's CommissionerJetta Klijnsma (PvdA)
  CouncilStates of Drenthe
Area
 (2017)[1]
  Total2,680 km2 (1,030 sq mi)
  Land2,634 km2 (1,017 sq mi)
  Water46 km2 (18 sq mi)
Area rank9th
Population
 (1 November 2019)[2]
  Total493,648
  Rank10th
  Density188/km2 (490/sq mi)
  Density rank12th nationally
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNL-DR
HDI (2018)0.903[3]
very high · 12th
Websitewww.drenthe.nl

Drenthe has been populated for 15.000 years. The region has subsequently been part of the Episcopal principality of Utrecht, Habsburg Netherlands, Dutch Republic, Batavian Republic, Kingdom of Holland and Kingdom of the Netherlands. Drenthe has been an official province since 1796. The capital and seat of the provincial government is Assen. The King's Commissioner of Drenthe is Jetta Klijnsma. The Labour Party (PvdA) is the largest party in the States-Provincial, followed by the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

Drenthe is a sparsely populated rural area, unlike many other parts of the Netherlands. Except for the cities of Assen (pop. 67,963[4]) and Emmen (pop. 107,113), the land in Drenthe is mainly used for agriculture.