|• Total||66.25 km2 (25.58 sq mi)|
|Elevation||13 m (43 ft)|
|• Density||83/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The village was first mentioned in the 12th century as "in Dalon". The etymology is unclear. Dalen is an esdorp which developed in the Early Middle Ages along the road from Coevorden to Groningen. It contains two triangular village greens.
The Dutch Reformed church is an aisleless church with a tower from the 15th century. The church was damaged during the Siege of Coevorden of 1813 and rebuilt in 1824.
There are many shops and restaurants, bakeries and a pub called the D'aolle Bakkerij. The village is known for its two windmills, Jan Pol and De Bente, which are open to the public. There is a family resort from Center Parcs called 'De Huttenheugte' and next to the resort lies the theme park Plopsa Indoor. Dalen railway station has connections to Emmen and Coevorden/Zwolle.
Famous residents have included:
- Albert Bouwers (1893-1972), optician (born)
- Karsten Kroon (b. 1976), road bicycle racer (born)
- Gerald Sibon (b. 1974), football striker
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
- "Postcodetool for 7751AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
- "Dalen - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 April 2022.
- Ronald Stenvert (2001). Dalen (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. ISBN 90-400-9454-3. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
- Reflecting Telescope Optics, By Ray N. Wilson, page 498. Google Books, pg 498