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 and a total area of 2,680 km2 (1,030 sq mi).
|Anthem: "Mijn Drenthe"|
|• King's Commissioner||Jetta Klijnsma (PvdA)|
|• Council||States of Drenthe|
|• Total||2,680 km2 (1,030 sq mi)|
|• Land||2,634 km2 (1,017 sq mi)|
|• Water||46 km2 (18 sq mi)|
|• Density||188/km2 (490/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||12th nationally|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NL-DR|
very high · 12th
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) and Emmen (pop. 107,113), the land in Drenthe is mainly used for agriculture.