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Friesland is the name of a province in the northern part of the Netherlands. Its capital city is Leeuwarden. The province borders Groningen province in the northeast, Drenthe province in the southeast, and small parts of Overijssel and Flevoland provinces in the south. On the northern and western sides it is bordered by the North Sea and IJsselmeer. As of 2005, the province had 642,998 inhabitants.