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Factories on the canal
Factories on the canal
Coat of arms of Stroobos
Location in Achtkarspelen municipality
Location in Achtkarspelen municipality
Stroobos is located in Friesland
Location in the Netherlands
Stroobos is located in Netherlands
Stroobos (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 53°14′N 6°13′E / 53.233°N 6.217°E / 53.233; 6.217Coordinates: 53°14′N 6°13′E / 53.233°N 6.217°E / 53.233; 6.217
CountryNetherlands Netherlands
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
MunicipalityAchtkarspelen Achtkarspelen
 • Total2.94 km2 (1.14 sq mi)
Elevation0.7 m (2.3 ft)
 • Total315
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Postal code
Dialing code0512

Stroobos (West Frisian: Strobos) is a village in Achtkarspelen in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands. The settlement of Stroobos used to be divided between Friesland and Groningen. In 1993, the entire village was transferred to Friesland.[3]

It forms, together with Gerkesklooster, the double village Gerkesklooster-Stroobos. The double village had a population of around 1144 in 2017, with 812 in Gerkesklooster and 332 in Stroobos.[4]


Gerkesklooster was established first as a village near a monastery.[5] Strobos was first mentioned around 1660, and means a large bundle of straw.[6] After a sluice was built in the canal from Dokkum to Groningen, it developed into a village.[5] In 1840, Strobos was home to 417 people. In 1850, a wharf was built in Stroobos and it developed into an industrial village. Around 1900, a dairy factory opened which nowadays produces about 57,000 tons of cheese a year. The village used to be divided by the provincial border of Friesland and Groningen. In 1993, the border was redrawn and the entire village is now part of Friesland.[3]


  • Former church building
    Former church building
  • Farm in Stroobos
    Farm in Stroobos
  • Boats on the canal
    Boats on the canal
  • Village entrance
    Village entrance


  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 March 2022. two entries
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 9871PA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Gerkesklooster-Stroobos". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  4. ^ Villages - Achtkarspelen (in Dutch)
  5. ^ a b Ronald Stenvert & Sabine Broekhoven (2000). "Gerkesklooster" (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. ISBN 90 400 9476 4. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Stroobos - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 March 2022.

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