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July 16, 2019

Flevoland And Urk, The Sea Giveth And Taketh Away…

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The next set of deorative klompen (clogs) from the “provinces of the Netherlands” come from the Province of Flevoland.

Flevoland is the 12th and last province of the Netherlands, established on 1st January 1986, when the southern and eastern Flevopolders were merged into one provincial entity.

Located in the centre of the country, where the former Zuiderzee was, almost all of the land belonging to Flevoland was reclaimed only in the 1950s and 1960s.

The province has about 407,905 inhabitants (2016). Its capital is Lelystad and most populous city is Almere.

Within the province is the small village of Urk.

First mentioned in historical records of the 10th century, Urk was still on an island in the Almere, a lake that would later become part of the Zuiderzee.

In 1939, a dike from the mainland to Urk ended the town’s island status, just as the Afsluitdijk project was changing the salt water of the surrounding Zuiderzee to the less saline IJsselmeer.

Later in the 20th century, seabed areas surrounding Urk were reclaimed from the sea and became the Noordoostpolder.

The mainstay of the town’s economy has always been fishing, and the products of the sea coming in through Urk’s harbour continue to be exported widely, although today Urk’s fishing boats must travel greater distances to gather them than was required in most historical periods. Religious life has also traditionally been very important to Urk’s inhabitants, with active, conservative congregations of the Dutch Reformed denominations playing key roles in the life of the community.

Wikipedia / Flevoland / Provence / The Netherlands

Wikipedia / Urk / Provence Flevoland / The Netherlands

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