West Frisian: Harns
Zuiderhaven harbour, Harlingen
Location in Friesland
|o Body||Municipal council|
|o Mayor||Roel Sluiter (PvdA)|
|o Total||387.67 km2 (149.68 sq mi)|
|o Land||25.03 km2 (9.66 sq mi)|
|o Water||362.64 km2 (140.02 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|o Density||630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Harlingen (Dutch pronunciation: ['rl(n)] ), West Frisian: Harns (West Frisian pronunciation: [hã:s] ) is a municipality and a city in the northern Netherlands, in the province of Friesland on the coast of Wadden Sea. Harlingen is a town with a long history of fishing and shipping. Harlingen received city rights in 1234.
Harlingen is served by two stations on the railway line from Leeuwarden. From 1904 to 1935 there was a passenger service on the North Friesland Railway, freight being carried until January 1938. Rederij Doeksen operate ferries to the Wadden islands of Vlieland and Terschelling that depart from Harlingen.
The famous Dutch writer Simon Vestdijk was born in Harlingen and used to depict his hometown in his writings as Lahringen.