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Leeuwarden

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Leeuwarden is a city in the Netherlands. It is the capital city of the province of Friesland and situated in the northern part of the country.EtymologyThe name "Leeuwarden" first came into use for Nijehove, the most important one of the three villages that later merged into one,namely Oldehove and Hoek in the early 9th century .There is much uncertainty about the origin of the city's name. Historian and archivist Wopke Eekhoff summed up a total of over 200 different spelling variants, of which Leeuwarden, Liwwadden and Ljouwert are still in use.The second syllable is easily explained. Warden, Frisian/Dutch for an artificial dwelling hill, is a designation of terps, reflecting the historical situation. The first part of the name, leeuw, means lion in modern standard Dutch. This interpretation corresponds with the coat of arms adopted by the city, which features a heraldic lion. However, modern standard Dutch was not used in this region in the Middle Ages, when the city was called Lintarwrde. Some scholars argue that the name of the city is derived from leeu-, a corruption of luw- or from lee-. The last one suits the watery province of Fryslân.
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