Friesland (Fryslân in Frisian, Friesland in Dutch) is a province in the north of the Netherlands. The capital (city) of Friesland is Leeuwarden (Ljouwert in Frisian). People in Friesland speak Frisian and Dutch. People also speak Frisian in a small part of Groningen (province), and in East Friesland and North Friesland in Germany. In North Holland there is a region called West Friesland, but people who live there are not called Frisians.
In Friesland the Frisians live. They are an old ethnic group. Members of this ethnic group are:
- Pier Gerlofs Donia was a giant from Friesland. He was said to be about 7 feet tall (2 meters and 15 centimeters).
- Wijerd Jelckama was a legendary freedom fighter, rebel and warlord who was as tall as his uncle Pier Gerlofs Donia
- Mata Hari was a famous courtesan and spy who was born a Frisian.
- Doutzen Kroes, a Frisian born supermodel, speaks Frisan and encourages people to learn about it.