Dietzland (municipality)

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Dietzland is a municipality in Kronenburg. It consists of two large and several smaller islands. The municipality was created in 1798 and is located north-east of Groningen, Waterland and Oosterland and has aproximately 316,000 inhabitants, 134,000 of which live in the capital city of Portus Regius.

Koningin Marie-Louiseland

'Queen Marie-Louiseland', as it is sometimes called in English, is named after queen Marie-Louise (1688 - 1765), the wife of king Jan I. The municipal capital of Portus Regius is located on the northeasternmost point of the island. The city was founded in 1806 in commemmoration of king Willem III and, as the name suggests, the city is above all a harbour city, from where the country's second most important fishing fleet operates. The city is old fashioned with little new buildings. The psychological centre of the city (which isn't the real centre of the city) is Het Merk, a large rectangular square with some kind of triumphal arch in the middle. On the north side of Het Merk the stately city hall is located, with monumental stairs and an impressing balcony, where the mayor traditionally wishes the people a happy new year on the 2nd of January each year. On the south side of the square one finds the municipal library; one of few modern buildings in the city. In Portus Regius a shipping museum and the colonisation museum can be found as well. The 'Dietzlandse Concerthuis' (Dietzlandic Concert House) is home to the Dietzlandic Philharmonic Orchestra.

On the island the villages of Oosterbaai, Jansbaai and Treurgat can be found as well.

Koningin Annaland

The second largest island of Dietzland is Koningin Annaland, named after queen Anna (1709 - 1759), the wife of king Willem II. The largest place on this island is Zurich, a lively town of around 100,000 inhabitants. The three villages on the island are called Gaast, Ulsda and Madaket. Little happens there.

The island is the final destination of a bridge which is projected to be built from Oosterland, through Engelbert.

Engelbert

The narrow island of Engelbert used to be part of the municipality of Oosterland, but was made part of Dietzland in 1976. The only settlement on the island is the town of Engelbert, which was founded in 1922. Nowadays, Engelbert has around 53,000 inhabitants. Engelbert is one of the more christian villages of Kronenburg. The town has four large churches and several smaller ones. The Henoch Church on the Begraafplaatslaan is the largest one. Apart from the typical little colonists' houses which were built since the foundation of the city, one can find on the Havenstraat the famous Light House of Engelbert, built in 1927. The Plein ('Square') has the Sveinbjörnráðhús, the town hall, built in 1957 by the Icelandic immigrant Þórólfur Sveinbjörnsson. In the eastern part of the town, on the Zeeweg, you can see the 'Congresgebouw' (Congress building) from 1991. This building is a rather abstract composition, but for those who love modern architecture a source of beauty and spatial design. In the Koningin Albertine Agnes-Zaal in this congress building, the first AGL Conference in Kronenburg was organised on 8 January 2000.

Other islands

Among the smaller islands of Dietzland, there are three that are inhabited. The first is the island of Iris, which is on the AGL list of Cultural Heritage. The village of Den Draai is located on Iris. The second is Oranjeland, which contains the villages of Fort Albertine Agnes and Fort Casimir. The small island of Kassel is almost completely occupied by the village with the same name.

Mayors

# mayor of Dietzland took office left office remarks
1 Henrik Dantuma 1798 1814
2 Johannes Dykstra 1814 1817
3 Foppe Dykstra 1817 1843
4 Oene Walstra 1843 1850
5 Durk Hubertus Menkema 1850 1855
6 Rinze Dykstra 1855 1871
7 George Radcliffe 1871 1878
8 Maarten Roorda 1878 1890
9 Hans Willem Wissink 1890 1894
10 Douwe Bottema 1894 1903
11 Eyso Gjaltema 1903 1923
12 Frans Potze 1923 1923
13 Richard Walstra 1923 1935
14 Otto Bruins Kammingha first time 1935 1941
Clifford Graham 1941 1947 Appointed by U.S. administration
15 Otto Bruins Kammingha second time 1947 1950
16 Boele Nijenstijn 1950 1960
17 Thorben Hillborg 1960 1966
18 Pia Eisses-Opland Falting (f) 1966 1973
19 Marja Weisbeek-van Haren (f) 1973 1980
20 Albert Prins 1980 1983
21 Bas Maarsingh 1983 1991
22 Saskia Wiersma-Wittenberg (f) 1991 1996
23 Hendrik van den Brink 1996 2000
24 Albert Fransuma 2000 2012
25 Margit Graeff-Ahlstrand (f) 2012 incumbent


Municipalities and Overseas Territories of Kronenburg
Alexanderstad · Dietzland · Groningen · Koninginneland · Markenland · Oosterland · Oranjewijk · Old-Kronenburg · Waterland · West-Cod · Westerland · Zuiderland
Overseas provinces: Kronenburg Virgin Islands · White Islands
Overseas municipality: New-Stavoren