Feel at home
Living in the vicinity of Amsterdam means living in the dynamic, yet peaceful Randstad, closest to the centre of Amsterdam. With a population of over 140,000, Haarlemmermeer ranks among the twenty largest municipalities in the Netherlands.
The area is relatively sparsely populated, with just over three homes per hectare. Haarlemmermeer is home to many families. The majority of the homes are modern, comfortable, low-rise houses with gardens.
Over the past 25 years, the municipality has been enriched with various recreational areas. Just outside the municipal borders, within cycling distance, there are freely accessible country estates, dunes, beaches and sailing waters. And for those in search of big-city bustle, Amsterdam is just a short distance away.
Arts and culture contribute to the identity and cohesion of a community. Haarlemmermeer therefore pursues a dynamic arts policy, taking on the role of initiator, coordinator and funding body. From the Cruquius pumping station, characteristic farm houses, to Amsterdam’s former fortification outposts – Haarlemmermeer cherishes the 62 monuments that make up its historical heritage. However, the municipality also invests extensively in contemporary art and culture.
Woods and water
Cycling is a joy along the polder byways of Haarlemmermeer, where the 100-year-plus Genie Dyke leads to Haarlem and then on to the dunes and North Sea beaches. Water sports enthusiasts have plenty of room to play along the Ringvaart and around the marinas in the polder’s eastern reaches, near Rijsenhout. Just south of Haarlemmermeer lies the Kagerplassen lake district, a magnificent meeting place for aquatic enthusiasts. The Haarlemmermeerse Bos, a woodland west of Hoofddorp, has attracted hikers, joggers, swimmers, horse riders and anglers from all corners of the region for the past 25 years.
Haarlemmermeer is strategically situated in the commercial heartland of the Randstad conurbation. The municipality is home to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and rubs shoulders with key economic centres. Owing to its ideal location, many leading international corporations have established their (European) headquarters, marketing and sales divisions and distribution centres in Haarlemmermeer. The economic vitality is immense, reflected by the employment ratio of the municipality, where there are almost as many jobs as there are residents.
More information can be found on Haarlemmermeer's website.