Vriezenveen is a town in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is located in the municipality of Twenterand, about 7 km north of Almelo.

Vriezenveen was a separate municipality until 2001, when it merged with Den Ham. The new municipality was originally named "Vriezenveen", but it was renamed to "Twenterand" in 2002. [Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, "Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten", KNAW, 2006. [http://www.knaw.nl/cfdata/publicaties/detail.cfm?boeken__ordernr=20061061] ]


In the 18th and 19th century the people of Vriezenveen had a lively trade relation with Saint Petersburg, Russia. The people who traded with Russia were called "Ruslui" (Russian people) and they established shops at the Nevsky Prospekt.

In 1905 most of the town burnt down. The Jansen & Tilanus textile factory employed a large fraction of the people. It had to shrink in 1958 and was completely closed in 1981.


External links

* [http://www.kuijsten.de/atlas/ov/vriezenveen.html Map of the former municipality in 1868]
* [http://www.trouw.nl/archief/article367188.ece/Sint-Petersburg_Popov_stamt_uit_Vriezenveen Sint Petersburg Popov originates from Vriezenveen] in Trouw Dutch language

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