The province of Friesland (or Frisia) is located in the northwest part of the Netherlands, south of the North Sea and northeast of North Holland. Most of its territory is on the mainland, although it also includes some West Frisian Islands, namely Vlieland, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog and Terschelling, that have a ferryboat connection to the mainland. The highest point in the province can be found on Vlieland island, at an altitude of 45 metres.

Population: Around 650,000 inhabitants

Capital: Leeuwarden

Other major cities: Sneek, Drachten, Heerenveen, Harlingen, Dokkum, Franeker, Joure, Wolvega, Lemmer

Main attractions: Keramiekmuseum Princessehof; Wieuwerd mummies; Fries Museum; Jopie Huisman Museum; Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (just outside Lemmer); Eise Eisinga Planetarium; Hindeloopen and Sloten towns; Aqua Zoo Friesland; lighthouses; Schiermonnikoog National Park; Lauwersmeer; Friesland Town Hall.

Nearest Airports: Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ) is the closest international airport (74 km from Leeuwarden)

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