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Oldeberkoop village (The Netherlands)

Ooststellingwerf municipality, Fryslân province

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Oldeberkoop village

Oldeberkoop (Frisian: Âldeberkeap, Berkeap) is a village in Ooststellingwerf, souteastern Fryslân.
Its flag is at the village website: blue with at the hoist a white goat hoofed and horned yellow, walking on its hindlegs and at the fly a black sword pointing towards the hoist.

Oldeberkoop was first mentioned in 1228 when Frisian warriors prepared themselves in "Brocope" to invade Drenthe. The name is derived from "broek" (wet grassland) and "ope"(water. It ortiginated c. 900 years ago on the sandy ridges between the small rivers Linde and Tjonger. Along these rivers were areas which were flooded most of the year. Oldeberkoop was from 1912 till 1955 the municipal seat. The most important family was Willinge Prins.
The village has 1600 inhabitants, and the center is doubtless the goat "Snoesje" (darling), offered as a statue by the New Year's Eve society "De Geitefok". In the 80-years war against the Spaniards there was a fortification "Bekhofschans", which played a major rôle in the Frisian defense against the Spaniards.
Nickname: "stobbeskiters" people who washed their hands behind or on treestumps.
Jarig Bakker, 8 Oct 2006