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Leeuwarden

[ley-y-wahr-duh n] /ˈleɪ üˌwɑr dən/
noun
1.
a city in N Netherlands.

Friesland

[freez-luh nd; Dutch frees-lahnt] /ˈfriz lənd; Dutch ˈfrisˌlɑnt/
noun
1.
a province in the N Netherlands. 1431 sq. mi. (3705 sq. km).
Capital: Leeuwarden.
Also, especially British, Frisian.
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British Dictionary definitions for Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden

/Dutch ˈleːwɑrdə/
noun
1.
a city in the N Netherlands, capital of Friesland province. Pop: 91 000 (2003 est)

Friesland

/ˈfriːzlənd; Dutch ˈfriːslɑnt/
noun
1.
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) Official and Frisian name Fryslân
2.
an area comprising the province of Friesland in the Netherlands along with the regions of East Friesland and North Friesland in Germany
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Encyclopedia Article for Leeuwarden

gemeente (municipality), northern Netherlands. Leeuwarden lies at the junction of the Harlinger-Trek Canal and the Dokkumer Ee Canal. Originally a port on the Middelzee (reclaimed since the 13th century), it was chartered in 1435, became the capital of Friesland in 1504, and was from 1582 to 1747 the residence of the Frisian stadtholders of the house of Orange-Nassau, ancestors of the present Dutch royal family. A noted centre of goldwork and silverwork in the 16th-18th century, it is now the economic centre of Friesland. Leeuwarden is a rail junction, has an important cattle market (Friesland Hall), and processes dairy foods; it also functions as a service centre, specializing in government activities, education, and financial services.

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Friesland

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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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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