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Village and municipality
Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren
Flag of Slochteren
Coat of arms of Slochteren
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Slochteren in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Geert-Jan ten Brink (PvdA)
 • Total 158.87 km2 (61.34 sq mi)
 • Land 151.03 km2 (58.31 sq mi)
 • Water 7.84 km2 (3.03 sq mi)
Elevation[3] −1 m (−3 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 15,546
 • Density 103/km2 (270/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Slochtenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 9615–9629, 9939
Area code 0598
Website .nl.slochterenwww

Slochteren (Dutch pronunciation: ) is a village and municipality with a population of 15,546 in the province of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands.

The municipality can be characterized as a chain of small villages dividing a mostly agricultural landscape. Having an agricultural background for at least a thousand years, the community houses for the most part commuters to nearby towns like

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External links

  1. ^ "Dhr G.J. ten Brink" [Mr G.J. ten Brink] (in Dutch). Gemeente Slochteren. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch).  
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9621AL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch).  
  5. ^ NAM/Shell gas/oil website


Slochteren is in the center of the giant Groningen gas field, discovered in 1959, ensuring the position of the Netherlands as a major energy exporting country. The estimated gas reserves in 2009 was 2,700 km3 (650 cu mi).[5]

Natural gas field

Topographic map of the municipality of Slochteren, June 2015

The population centres in the municipality are:


  • Geography 1
  • Natural gas field 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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