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Laren town centre


Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Laren in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°15′N 5°14′E / 52.25, 5.233Coordinates: 52°15′N 5°14′E / 52.25, 5.233
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Elbert Roest (D66)
 • Total 12.41 km2 (4.79 sq mi)
 • Land 12.41 km2 (4.79 sq mi)
 • Water 0.00 km2 (0 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 5 m (16 ft)
Population (May 2013)[4]
 • Total 10,984
 • Density 885/km2 (2,290/sq mi)
Demonym Laarder, Larenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 1250–1252
Area code 035

Dutch Topographic map of Laren, July 2013

Laren (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Located in the region called 't Gooi, it is the oldest town in that area. It is one of the most affluent in the Netherlands, along with its neighbour Blaricum. Nationally, Laren is well known for its history as a late 20th-century art colony, preserved in the museum Singer Laren, as well as its wide array of shops. Laren is also the setting for the book "The War in the Corner", by Jan Braakman.

Local government[]

The municipal council of Laren consists of 15 seats, which since 2010 are divided as follows:

  • VVD - 4 seats
  • Larens Behoud - 5 seats
  • Liberaal Laren - 2 seats
  • CDA - 2 seats
  • PvdA - 2 seats

Demographics (2007)[]

  • Birth Rate: 7.29 per 1000
  • Death Rate: 17.94 per 1000
  • NGR: -1.07% per year.[5]

Notable residents[]

  • Mona Louise Parsons - member of Dutch resistance
  • Willemien Aardenburg (1966) - field hockey player
  • Marcel van der Westen (1976) - track and field athlete
  • Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898–1972) - graphic artist, illustrator and printmaker



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