Ameland

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Ameland (About this sound pronunciation , West Frisian: It Amelân) is a municipality and one of the West Frisian Islands off the north coast of the Netherlands. It consists mostly of sand dunes. It is the third major island of the West Frisians. It neighbours islands Terschelling to the West and Schiermonnikoog to the East. This includes the small Engelsmanplaat and Rif islands to the East.

Ameland is, counted from the west, the fourth inhabited Dutch Wadden island and belongs to the Friesland/Fryslan province. 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 file. As of 31 December 2008, the municipality of Ameland had 3,466 inhabitants (source: CBS). The inhabitants are called Amelanders.

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Postcode & Area code

The postcode of the island is between 9161-9164. The area code is 0519.

Places

The island has four villages, and one small part-village.

In former days, there were two other villages: Oerd and Sier, but these were drowned and now lie in the sea. The name of these villages live on in MS Oerd and MS Sier, which are the names of the ferries to the island. From East to West:

  • Hollum, the most populated village, located at the West Coast, home to the island's lighthouse
  • Ballum, smallest village, location of the island's airfield, Ameland Airport
  • Nes, the second largest but the main village of the island, a vibrant tourist village with many hotels, also home to the ferry services from Holwerd mainland
  • Buren located at the centre of the island, includes Ameland's beach

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