Beilen is a village in the Dutch province of Drenthe. It is a part of the municipality of Midden-Drenthe, and lies about 16 km south of Assen. The old Reformed church is the only really old building; a huge fire destroyed the major part of Beilen in 1820. Beilen has a railway station - Beilen railway station. The biggest employers in Beilen are the former DOMO milkpowder factory and the psychiatric hospital GGZ Drenthe and there is a big distribution centre of Jumbo supermarkten. Beilen is also visited by many tourists, for it is located between many forests and National Reservates. Each August the so-called "Wende-aovends" take place in Beilen, with extra activities for children in the shoppingcentre and featuring local artists at night. In 2001, the town of Beilen had 8689 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 3.2 km², and contained 3536 residences. The statistical area "Beilen", which also can include the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 10060. Until 1998, Beilen was a separate municipality.