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Church in Westerdijkshorn
Church in Westerdijkshorn
Flag of Bedum
Coat of arms of Bedum
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Bedum in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Henk Bakker (CDA)
 • Total 44.96 km2 (17.36 sq mi)
 • Land 44.57 km2 (17.21 sq mi)
 • Water 0.39 km2 (0.15 sq mi)
Elevation[3] -1 m (−3 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 10,459
 • Density 235/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 9780–9789, 9959
Area code 050
Website .nl.bedumwww
Topographic map of Bedum, July 2013

Bedum (   , Gronings: Beem) is a municipality and a town in the northeastern Netherlands. Populated by 10,459 inhabitants in 2014, Bedum is one of the larger of Groningen's several satellite towns.

Bedum is the site of three supermarkets, several pubs, and a leaning church tower, dubbed "the leaning tower of Bedum". Footballer Arjen Robben was born in Bedum (23 January 1984).

Bedum has a railway station - Bedum railway station.


  • The leaning tower 1
  • Population centres 2
  • Mayors 3
  • Notable people 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

The leaning tower

Bedum's 36-metre tower of the St Walfridus church has been calculated as now leaning at a greater angle than the leaning tower of Pisa. If both towers were the same height, Bedum's would have a greater displacement by 6 cm.[5]

Population centres


  • 1860-1873 J.H. Leopold (previously mayor of Adorp)
  • 1873-1878 W.J. Bekker
  • 1878-1895 R.J. van Bruggen
  • 1895-1909 dr H.V. Schleurholts
  • 1909-1914 Simon Berman (previously of Kwadijk, Warder, and Middelie and of Schagen, subsequently of Alblasserdam)
  • 1914-1917 Klaas van Sevenhoven (ARP) (previously of Stedum, subsequently of Onstwedde)
  • 1917-1943 M. Jouwstra (ARP) (previously town clerk of Ambt Hardenberg)
  • 1943-194? I.G. Timmer (NSB)
  • 19??-1962 J.N. Spoelstra
  • 1962-1971 J.C. Lindeboom (ARP)
  • 1971-1991 Albert Smallenbroek (ARP/CDA)
  • 1991-2009 Wilte Everts (CDA)
  • 2010-Present Henk Bakker (CDA)

Notable people


  1. ^ "drs. Bakker (CDA), H.P. (Henk)" (in Dutch). Gemeente Bedum. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch).  
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9781JL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch).  
  5. ^ Dutch say Pisa no longer Europe's most leaning tower, Reuters, 28 August 2009
  6. ^ "De Wiel Coerver Methode" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 6 April 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2008. 

External links

  • Official website
  • , 1865-1870, "Bedum"Gemeente Atlas van NederlandJ. Kuyper, . Map of the municipality around 1868.
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