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The inhabited fairly large island of Ameland is part of (the island group) Wadden Islands and is located in the country of The Netherlands, Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 5.8 km. The surface-area of the island is 60.2 km2 and is therefore 0.159 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Wadden Sea and the total coastal length is about 58.1 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 24 km by 3 km (maximum width). The island is West - East oriented. The highest point is 24 meter and is named Oerdblinkert. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 53.45 (53°27'1.6056), 5.76 (5°4'31.8324).

The population is 3488 and the population density is thus on 63.3 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Ballum (located in the West of the island). Other places on the island are: Hollum (W), Nes (C). The island is located in the North of the country The Netherlands. It is located in the administrative unit Province Friesland (local administrative level-name Provincie), in the Municipality Ameland (local administrative level-name Gemeente). Direct neighboring islands of Ameland are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Het Rif Located 16.7 km East of the island.
2) Engelsmanplaat Located 17.4 km East of the island.

The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 205 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of sand. The land use on the island of Ameland consists of Sand - Rock 6.6 km2 (11%), wood 0.8 km2 (1%), nature 16.5 km2 (27%), wet nature 8.4 km2 (14%), and agriculture 23.1 km2 (38%),

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