Local Heart, Global Soul

July 17, 2019

Friesland, A Language And One Of The Islands…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition has a section where they have either a set of decorative fiberglass “klompen” (clogs) or apples.

In 2017 the clogs were the items out in force and the theme was “Dutch Provinces” and also featured some of the famous places in them.

This is the turn of the Province of “Fryslân” /Friesland (where the black and white Friesian dairy cows come from). Wikipedia tells us:

“Friesland, also historically known as Frisia, is a province of the Netherlands located in the northern part of the country.

It is situated west of Groningen, northwest of Drenthe and Overijssel, north of Flevoland, northeast of North Holland, and south of the Wadden Sea. In 2015, the province had a population of 646,092 and a total area of 5,100 km2 (2,000 sq mi).

The capital and seat of the provincial government is Leeuwarden (West Frisian: Ljouwert), a city with 91,817 inhabitants. The province is divided into 18 municipalities. The official languages of Friesland are West Frisian and Dutch.” An interesting fact is that the language of West Frisian is not a dialect of Dutch in any way but an actual separate language that has origins closer to English than to Dutch.It’s interesting in that on occasion when someone is speaking it on TV I find it easier to understand than Himself, even though he is 100 percent Dutch and Dutch is my second language. It all depends on how clearly they are speaking though, otherwise I need the Dutch subtitles just as much as Himself does.

“Amelân” / Ameland is a municipality and one of the West Frisian Islands off the north coast of the Netherlands. Consisting mostly of sand dunes, it is the third major island of the West Frisians. The whole island falls under one municipality, which carries the same name. The Wadden islands form the border between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea, which lies on the south side of the island chain. It had a population of 3,683 in 2017.

Wikipedia / Friesland / Province / The Netherlands

Wikipedia / Armeland / Island / Friesland / The Netherlands

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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