|Friesland (ˈfriːzlənd, Dutch ˈfriːslɑnt)|
|1.||Official and Frisian name: Fryslân a province of the N Netherlands, on the IJsselmeer and the North Sea: includes four of the West Frisian Islands; flat, with sand dunes and fens (under reclamation), canals, and lakes. Capital: Leeuwarden. Pop: 640 000 (2003 est). Area: 3319 sq km (1294 sq miles)|
|2.||an area comprising the province of Friesland in the Netherlands along with the regions of East Friesland and North Friesland in Germany|
coastal provincie, northern Netherlands, extending inland from the IJsselmeer and the North Sea (west and north) and including four of the West Frisian Islands (see Frisian Islands) off the north coast. The province is drained by a vast system of canals, waterways, and lakes, particularly in the north and west; the principal lakes are Tjeukemeer, Slotermeer, Fluessen, and Sneekermeer. Its area is 1,295 square miles (3,353 square km), rarely exceeding 50 feet (15 m) above sea level, and the population density is less than half the national average. The predominantly Protestant Frisians have maintained both their own language and their own literature to a considerable degree
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