Canal through Midden-Drenthe
Location in Drenthe
|Established||1 January 1998|
|Renamed||1 January 2000|
|o Body||Municipal council|
|o Mayor||Mieke Damsma (D66)|
|o Total||345.87 km2 (133.54 sq mi)|
|o Land||340.51 km2 (131.47 sq mi)|
|o Water||5.36 km2 (2.07 sq mi)|
|Elevation||14 m (46 ft)|
|o Density||97/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code||0528, 0592, 0593|
|Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Midden-Drenthe, June 2015|
Midden-Drenthe (pronunciation (help·info)) is a municipality in the northeastern Netherlands. The municipality was created in 1998, in a merger of the former municipalities of Beilen, Smilde, and Westerbork. Between 1998 and 2000, the name of the municipality was Middenveld.
The village of Westerbork gives its name to the Westerbork deportation and (later) concentration camp, located about 7 km north of the village, in the forests of Hooghalen.
The Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) array was installed near the site of the camp in 1969.