West Frisian Islands

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West Frisian Islands and sandbars:
1. Noorderhaaks; 2. Richel; 3. Griend; 4. Het Rif;
5. Engelsmanplaat; 6. Simonszand; 7. Rottumerplaat;
8. Rottumeroog; Zuiderduintjes beneath last one.
A view at Ameland.

The West Frisian Islands (Dutch: Waddeneilanden, West Frisian: Waadeilannen) make part of the Frisian Islands. They lie in the North Sea and are situated in the northern part of the Netherlands.

They consist of the following:

1. Five big islands:

2. Three small and uninhabited islands:

3. Various sandbars:

The majority of the islands and sandbars lie in the province of Friesland.
Exceptions are:

  • Noorderhaaks and Texel lie in the province of North Holland (most western islands).
  • Simonszand, Rottumerplaat, Rottumeroog and Zuiderduintjes lie in the province of Groningen (most eastern islands).