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Full nameFriesland
Native name 
Native name langnl
Settlement typeProvince
AnthemDe âlde Friezen
Queen's CommissionerJohn Jorritsma
Total Area1292.7 sq mi (3349 km2)
Water Area923.3 sq mi (2392 km2)
Area rank3rd
Total Population646305 (8th) (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (11th) (0/sq mi)
Other information
ISO 3166 codeNL-FY
Religion (2005)Protestant 30%
Roman Catholic 6%
Muslim 2%

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Friesland ( , , ; -nlˈfris.lɑnt) is a province in the north of the Netherlands and part of the ancient region of Frisia.

Until the end of 1996, the province bore Friesland as its official name. In 1997 this Dutch name lost its official status to the Frisian Fryslân. Nevertheless, Friesland remains in common usage, being the Dutch (and English) name for the province.

Friesland has 646,000 inhabitants (2010) and its capital is Leeuwarden (W.Frisian: Ljouwert), with 91,817 inhabitants, in the center of the province.

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