Slochteren


Slochteren

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Slochteren


mapsize = 280px
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = Netherlands
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = Groningen
area_footnotes = (2006)
area_total_km2 = 158.84
area_land_km2 = 152.28
area_water_km2 = 6.56
population_as_of = 1 January, 2007
population_note = Source: CBS, [http://statline.cbs.nl/ Statline] .
settlement_type = Municipality
population_total = 15188
population_density_km2 = 100
timezone = CET
utc_offset = +1
timezone_DST = CEST
utc_offset_DST = +2

Slochteren (Pronunciation|018 Slochteren.ogg) is a municipality in the northeastern 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 Hoogezand, Groningen and Delfzijl. The municipality presents itself as destination for tourists and has indeed attractions for those seeking rest, nature, watersports, the odd museum and the beautifully situated mansion Fraeylemaborg (a small 'castle', the oldest parts of which are dated in the Middle Ages).

Slochteren is in the center of a very large natural gas field, discovered in 1959, ensuring the position of the Netherlands as a major energy exporting country. The gas reserve on December 31, 2002 was estimated at 1.5 × 1012 m³.

Population centers

Denemarken, Froombosch, Harkstede, Hellum, Kolham, Lageland, Luddeweer, Overschild, Schaaphok, Scharmer, Schildwolde, Siddeburen, Slochteren,
Steendam, Tjuchem, Woudbloem.

External links

* [http://www.slochteren.nl Official Website]
* [http://www.shell.com/home/Framework?siteId=nam-en&FC2=/nam-en/html/iwgen/leftnavs/zzz_lhn1_0_0.html&FC3=/nam-en/html/iwgen/welcome.html NAM/Shell gas/oil website]


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