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Former Town Hall
Location in the former Wymbritseradiel municipality
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IJlst (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛiɫst]; West Frisian: Drylts pronounced [drilts]) is a city in Friesland, Netherlands. It is located about 3 km southwest of Sneek. It lies within the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân and had a population of approximately 3,140 in January 2017.
It received city rights in 1268 and is one of the eleven cities in Friesland.
Between 1654 and 1664, Renier van Tzum was burgomaster of IJlst. Van Tzum was the opperhoofd or chief factor of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) in Siam (1643–1644). He was also VOC opperhoofd in Japan (1644–1646).
Before 2011, the city was part of the Wymbritseradiel municipality and before 1984 IJlst was an independent municipality.
The following districts are part of IJlst:
- Centrum (Oud IJlst)
- De Rat
- De Iendracht
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