Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 26.760; area: 226,65 km². Settlements:
Oosterwolde (seat), Appelscha, Donkerbroek,
Haule, Haulerwijk, Langedijke, Makkinga,
Oldeberkoop, Ravenswoud, Waskemeer.
Ooststellingwerf (Frisian: Eaststellingwerf) is a municipality
in southeast Friesland with a dialect (Stellingwerfs) which forms
a transition from Frisian to 'Saksisch' (the general name for eastern
Netherlands vernaculars, like Drents, Twents, Grunnings), which resembles
closely 'Plattdeutsch' in northwest Germany.
Flag: "A red hoist and a white fly with over all a walking griffin
countercharged." Adopted 2 Oct 1963. The griffin on the flag is an old
symbol for 'Stellingwerf' and can also be seen on the flag and Coat of Arms
Jarig Bakker, 1 Sep 1999