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Terschelling

Introduction
Terschelling 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. Terschelling has a maximum length and width of about 30 and 6 kilometers, respectively. The population stands at about 4,700. Politically, the island is a community inside the province of Friesland.

Climate
Terschelling has a moderate climate with precipitation in all seasons, like the climate of the rest of Northwestern 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, cultivated polders and a dyke on the south-eastern shore. There are many nature areas, including a large one around the western tip ("Noordsvaarder") and an even larger one around the eastern tip ("Bosplaat"). The island has various beautiful villages with many traditional houses.

People, economy
Terschelling 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 Terschelling you can walk, cycle (dozens of kilometers of bike paths!), watch flowers and birds or just relax. There are various interesting museums. There are plenty of tourist accommodations, see http://www.vvvterschelling.nl/?pid=sl&id=vvv&ref=genpage&cmsp=int_uk .
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