Stiens is the largest town within the municipality of Leeuwarderadeel, with a population of about 7,800. The town hall of the municipality is located in Stiens. Stiens was the main station on the North Friesland Railway. It opened in April 1901, with a branch to Harlingen opening in stages between December 1902 and May 1904. Closures were as follows:- Direct service to Franeker in October 1933; Direct service to Harlingen in May 1935 and freight in January 1938; All other passenger services ceased in July 1936, but were reopened as far as Tzummarum and Dokkum-Aalsum in May 1940. The passenger service to Dokkum-Aalsum closed again in December 1940 and completely in October 1942. The final freight service from Stiens to Leeuwarden closed in 1997.