Slochteren is a municipality
A municipality is essentially an urban administrative division having corporate status and usually powers of self-government. It can also be used to mean the governing body of a municipality. A municipality is a general-purpose administrative subdivision, as opposed to a special-purpose district...

 in the northeastern Netherlands
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The municipality can be characterized as a chain of small villages dividing a mostly agricultural landscape. Having an agricultural background for at least a thousand years, the community houses for the most part commuters to nearby towns like Hoogezand
Hoogezand is a village in the municipality Hoogezand-Sappemeer, located in the principality Groningen in northeast Netherlands. The name refers to a higher sanded place in the peatlands cut through when the Winschoterdiep channel was dug. Near this channel in 1618 the village was founded.In the...

, Groningen and Delfzijl
Delfzijl is a municipality and city in the northeast of the Netherlands. It is situated on the left bank of the river Ems estuary, which forms the border with Germany.-Population centres:...

. The mansion
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Fraeylemaborg is the most important of the Borgen in the province of Groningen, the Netherlands.These places started in the Middle Ages to store harvests and protect these harvests from robbers. They were the only buildings that used stone and masonry . In due time they grew to centres of power and...

 (a small 'castle', the oldest parts of which are dated in the Middle Ages) is located in Slochteren.

Natural gas field

Slochteren is in the center of the giant
Giant oil and gas fields
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 Groningen gas field
Groningen gas field
The Groningen gas field is a giant natural gas field located near Slochteren in Groningen province in the northeastern part of the Netherlands. Discovered in 1959, it is the largest natural gas field in Europe and the tenth largest in the world.-History:...

, discovered in 1959, ensuring the position of the Netherlands as a major energy exporting country. The estimated gas reserves in 2009 was 2700 billion m³ (95,350 billion cubic foot).

Population centers

Denemarken is a small village in the municipality of Slochteren, in the Dutch province of Groningen....

, Froombosch, Harkstede
Harkstede is a small village in Slochteren, Groningen , the Netherlands. Its name is "Haarkstee" in the local dialect, the Gronings. The name is probably meant as "Arkes Stee", which means "pleace for a ark = church". Harkstede has about 3000 inhabitants, what makes it one of the smaller villages...

, Hellum
Hellum is a small town in the municipality Slochteren. It has approximately 600 inhabitants. It has the oldest church in the municipality, which was built in approximately the year 1100....

, Kolham, Lageland, Luddeweer, Overschild, Schaaphok, Scharmer, Schildwolde, Siddeburen
Siddeburen is a village in the Dutch province of Groningen. It is located in the municipality of Slochteren, about 10 km southwest of Delfzijl.Siddeburen was a separate municipality until 1826, when it was merged with Slochteren....

, Slochteren,
Steendam, Tjuchem, Woudbloem.

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