Almere is one of the main cities in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. It is located in the province of Flevoland and borders the cities Lelystad and Zeewolde. The municipality of Almere comprises the districts Almere Stad, Almere Haven, Almere Buiten, Almere Hout (under construction), Almere Poort (under construction) and Almere Pampus (design phase).
The very birth of Almere demonstrates its innovative character as a city. At the outset of the 20th century, Almere’s present territory was just a patch of water in the Zuiderzee. Starting in 1932, the majority of the Zuiderzee was closed off from the North Sea and the salt-water inlet changed into a fresh-water lake; the IJsselmeer. In 1975 Almere’s first inhabitants – real pioneers – took up residence on the newly reclaimed land. Since then, Almere has been a city where innovations can thrive, which is essentially what the new town character of Almere is all about.
The expansion of the city – the road to urban adulthood – continues apace. One of the main objectives of the city’s spatial planning agenda is to provide an integrated solution for environmental consideration, while at the same time attaining optimal levels of quality of life, comfort and social, economical and cultural values.
Abundance of space
Almere is centrally located in the Randstad conurbation, the urban region containing the four major cities (Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam) in the west of the Netherlands. Being a part of the metropolitan area of Amsterdam, Almere is in the vicinity of two international airports, the port of Amsterdam and a plethora of railway and motorway connections. This makes Almere an indispensably strategic location for business development and unlimited business opportunities.
Unlike most major cities in the Netherlands, Almere still has ample space available to accommodate entrepreneurs of all industries, with businesses of all sizes. The city’s residents equally benefit from the abundance of space available. They can rent, buy or even build their own homes in areas that best meet their needs.
City of colour
Almere is a colourful city in every aspect. Contributing to the attractiveness of the city is the abundance of water bodies, parks and other green areas lining the residential districts.
One of the other primary contributions to Almere’s unique and colourful character is its cultural diversity. Almere is made up of people from a wide range of cultures, ethnicities and religious backgrounds. Altogether, Almere is home to residents of 181 different ethnicities and 153 different nationalities. In a city that is constantly evolving, they can proudly showcase their enterprising nature and pioneer mentality.
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