Midden-Drenthe (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌmɪdə(n) ˈdrɛntə] (listen)) 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.
|Established||1 January 1998|
|Renamed||1 January 2000|
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Mieke Damsma (D66)|
|• Total||345.87 km2 (133.54 sq mi)|
|• Land||340.51 km2 (131.47 sq mi)|
|• Water||5.36 km2 (2.07 sq mi)|
|Elevation||14 m (46 ft)|
|• Density||97/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code||0528, 0592, 0593|
|Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Midden-Drenthe, June 2015|
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.