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Vlieland

Introduction
Vlieland is one of the five barrier-islands (or Wadden-islands) in the north of the Netherlands, on the "inner" (south and east) side touching the Wadden-Sea and on the "outer" (north and west) side touching the North Sea. Vlieland has a maximum length and width of about 22 and 3 kilometers, respectively. The population stands at about 1,300. Politically, the island is a community inside the province of Friesland.

Climate
Vlieland has a moderate climate with precipitation in all seasons, like the climate of the rest of Nortwestern Europe. During the summer months, the amount of sunshine is substantially higher than on the adjoining mainland, whereas the average temperature is slightly lower.

Landscapes
The landscape consists of one sandy beach over the entire length of the "outer" side of the island, sand dunes, salt marches, woodland, a very few cultivated polders and a dyke on the south-eastern shore. The western half of the island is a large sandy area, sometimes called "Sahara of the north". The island has one beautiful village in the south east with many traditional houses.

People, economy
Vlieland has been inhabited for centuries. Throughout the centuries, the people have never been able to live from their limited amount of land. And so, other income sources were fishing and wrecking. Some islanders - especially in the 18th century - were active on the merchant fleet and whaling fleet.

Travel and tourism
On Vlieland you can walk, cycle (dozens of kilometers of bike paths!), watch flowers and birds and seals or just relax. There are two interesting museums in the village, one about nature and one about human history. There is plenty of accommodation in various sorts and price classes. For tourist visits, see http://www.vlieland.net .
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