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Physical characteristics - Location

Coordinates: long: 4.96504 lat : 53.25896
Coordinates (gr,min,sec): long: 4°57'54.1404 lat : 53°15'32.2596
Surface area: 33.4 km2 (0.088 x Isle of Wight)
Length coastline: 46.6 km
Average height: 3 metre
Length island: 19 km
Maximum width island (estimate): 2 km
Name : Vuurboetsduin (45 metre)
Orientation island: Southwest - Northeast

Demographic data island

Habited: Yes
Number of inhabitants: 1138
Population density: 29.00 inh/km2
Important places (direction): Vlieland Jachthaven (Oost), Oost-Vlieland (O)

Naming - Location

Local native name: Vlieland
Archipelago (island group): Wadden Islands
Neighboring islands
(Island hopping):
1) Richel 1.5 km EastSouthEast
2) Texel 2.6 km South
3) Terschelling 6.5 km NorthNorthEast
4) Griend 10.9 km EastSouthEast
5) Noorderhaaks - De razende bol 27.5 km SouthSouthWest
6) Ameland 37.6 km EastNorthEast
7) Het Rif 64.6 km EastNorthEast
8) Engelsmanplaat 65.1 km EastNorthEast
9) Schiermonnikoog 70.5 km EastNorthEast
10) Zuidelijke Ballastplaat 72.4 km East
11) Simonszand 89.7 km EastNorthEast
12) Rottumerplaat 93.8 km EastNorthEast
13) Pampus 94.7 km South
14) Rottumeroog 100.8 km EastNorthEast
15) Zuiderduintjes 101.5 km EastNorthEast
16) Borkum 108.1 km EastNorthEast
17) Robinson Crusoë 113.2 km South
18) Markus Pos 113.7 km South
19) Geitekaai 114.3 km South
20) Meent 115.3 km South
21) Juist 123.9 km EastNorthEast
22) Norderney 142.4 km EastNorthEast
23) Middenplaat 151.7 km SouthSouthWest
24) Baltrum 157.1 km EastNorthEast
25) Rietplaat 162.3 km South
Country: The Netherlands
Location in Country: North-northwest
Name Provincie: Province Friesland
Name Gemeente: Municipality Vlieland
Main place: Oost-Vlieland
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Oost-Vlieland (WestNorthWest)

Location Main place: East-southeast
Sea: Wadden Sea
Distance to main land: 25 km
Nearest Country: The Netherlands
Type Rock outcrop: sand
island-Type: island in sea
Remarks: It was only around the Middle Ages Vlieland became an independent island, before that time it was connected to Texel (the Eierland part). Now the Eierlandse Gat (consisting of the main channels Engelmansgat and Robbengat) forms the separation between the two islands. Vlieland is the second inhabited Wadden Island seen from the west and has the least number of inhabitants after Schiermonnikoog (1138). There is only one village on the Frisian island named Oost-Vlieland. This makes the municipality of Vlieland the second most sparsely populated municipality in the Netherlands. Until the 18th century there were two villages on the island, but the village of West-Vlieland disappeared in the sea in the 18th century due to coastal erosion. The vast nature reserve 'de Vliehors', actually a large beach plain, on the west side of the island serves as a NATO military training area for the air force. Planted forests are located on the east side of the island around the village of Oost-Vlieland. The highest point of all the Wadden Islands together is located on Vlieland and is formed by the Vuurboetsduin (45 meters high) on which there is also a lighthouse. It is not possible to visit the island from Harlingen by car or motorcycle, but the inhabitants themselves are allowed to own a car. Vlieland has a small-scaled environment with two supermarkets, a bakery, a butcher and a harbor shop. Vlieland also has a harbor on the far east side with space for around 300 boats.


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Height map of Vlieland

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Weather at Vlieland

The weather type in Oost-Vlielandlight rainweericoon
Current temperature: 3 degrees Celcius
Precipitation last 3 hours: No precipitation
Wind: 9.26 meter per second (Wind force - bft 5)
Winddirection: East
Atmospheric pressure: 1021 mb
Humidity: 81 %
Daylength at 3 December 2022:7 hour and 51 minutes
Sunrise: 08:34 Europe/Amsterdam
Sunset: 16:25 Europe/Amsterdam
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Transport on your island-holiday

Directly accessible from Western Europe (The Netherlands) by plane: No
International airport present : No
Accessible by car: No
Distance from Western Europe (The Netherlands) (rough estimate): 169 km
Ferry connection - Car - Car - with mainland: Yes
Boat Connection - pedestrian - with mainland: Yes
Bicycle facilities: Yes

island-Sights, island-Tourism - island-attractions

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Landuse Vlieland

 Forest   2.8 km2 
 8% 
 Nature   10 km2 
 30% 
 Agriculture   0 km2 
 0% 
 Wet nature   3 km2 
 9% 
 Water   0.9 km2 
 3% 
 Urban area   1.4 km2 
 4% 
 Infrastructure   0 km2 
 0% 
 Viticulture   0 km2 
 0% 
 Rock outcrop   15.4 km2 
 46%