Former court house in Hoogeveen
Location in Drenthe
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Karel Loohuis (PvdA)|
|• Total||129.25 km2 (49.90 sq mi)|
|• Land||127.67 km2 (49.29 sq mi)|
|• Water||1.58 km2 (0.61 sq mi)|
|Elevation||12 m (39 ft)|
|• Density||433/km2 (1,120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Parts of 7900 range
|Area code||0524, 0528|
Elim, Fluitenberg, Hoogeveen and Noordscheschut, which still have the canals which used to be throughout the town. Other villages of the town are Hollandscheveld, Nieuw Moscou, Nieuweroord, Nieuwlande, Pesse, Stuifzand and Tiendeveen.
Hoogeveen dates its history to 20 December 1625, when Roelof van Echten bought a large tract of peat land from farmers of the district with the plan to harvest its peat. One old map of the area called it Locus Deserta Atque ob Multos Paludes Invia, a deserted and impenetrable place of many swamps. Hoogeveen itself was established in 1636 by Peter Joostens Warmont and Johan van der Meer.
In the second half of the 1960s, Hoogeveen was the fastest growing town in the Netherlands. Its rapid growth during that period led its city council to fill in most of the town's canals, canals dug in the area's early days when it was a prime source of peat.
The then recognized oldest person in the world, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, lived in Hoogeveen until her death in August 2005, two months after her 115th birthday.
Hoogeveen also has a small airport that attracts some tourism. Since 1997 the Hoogeveen Chess Tournament has been organized here.
Railway Station: Hoogeveen
Twin towns — Sister cities
Hoogeveen is twinned with:
- Leopold Karel, Count of Limburg Stirum (1758 in Hoogeveen - 1840) a politician, helped take power in 1813 to re-establish the monarchy
- Herman Bavinck (1854 in Hoogeveen – 1921) a Dutch Reformed theologian and churchman
- Jan Bols (born 1944 in Hoogeveen) a former Dutch long track speed skater, participated in the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics
- Geert Booij (born 1947 in Hoogeveen) a Dutch linguist and academic, created construction morphology
- Jetta Klijnsma (born 1957 in Hoogeveen) Dutch politician
- Anne van Amstel (born 1974 in Hoogeveen) Dutch writer, psychologist and poet
- Lea Bouwmeester (born 1979 in Hoogeveen) a Dutch politician
- Jill de Jong (born 1982 in Hoogeveen) a Dutch model and actress 
- Piet Kleine (born 1951 in Hollandscheveld) a former speed skater, gold medallist at the 1976 Winter Olympics and silver medallist at the 1980 Winter Olympics
- Theo ten Caat (born 1964 in Hollandscheveld) a former Dutch professional footballer with 412 club caps
- Erik Dekker (born 1970) a retired Dutch professional road racing cyclist, medallist at the 1992 Summer Olympics
- Erik Bakker (born 1990 in Hoogeveen) a Dutch professional footballer with 320 club caps
- Vivianne Miedema (born 1996 in Hoogeveen) footballer
- "De leden van het college" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Hoogeveen. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 7901BW". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- Dead link to The New Yorker
- IMDb Database retrieved 07 September 2019
- Dijk, Wout J., & van der Sluis, Meent W.: De Drentse tijd van Vincent van Gogh, Boon uitgeverij, Groningen 2001 ISBN 90-75913-18-4
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