A municipality with personality
With a population of more than 140,000, Haarlemmermeer is made up of small villages and large residential areas and ranks among the 20 largest municipalities in the Netherlands. The area is relatively sparsely populated, with just over three homes per hectare. Haarlemmermeer is home to many families, who are attracted to its abundant green spaces and tranquil atmosphere. The majority of the area's houses are modern, comfortable, low-rise properties with gardens.
Why live in Haarlemmermeer?
For 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. For those in search of big-city bustle, Amsterdam is just a short distance away. Arts and culture also help contribute to the identity and cohesion of Haarlemmermeer's community. From the Cruquius pumping station, characteristic farm houses, to Amsterdam’s former fortification outposts – the area cherishes the 62 monuments that make up its historical heritage, and the municipality also invests extensively in contemporary art and culture.
There's also a raft of sports and clubs to get involved with if you're living in the region. 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 also promotes a healthy lifestyle through its 180 sports clubs. The King Willem-Alexander sports complex, which opened in 2014, is a state-of-the-art sports facility that also includes top-level facilities for rhythmic gymnastics and synchronised swimming. The new baseball stadium at PARK21 hosts major baseball events, such as the European Championships.
A bustling place to do business
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. Businesses of every sector, ranging from small startups to international corporations, can be found in its 54 business estates and 17 office locations. Many entrepreneurs and small business owners are drawn to the region for its unique environment and work-life balance. Entrepreneurs work together through Haarlemmermeer’s growing number of networks and business associations.
More information can be found on Haarlemmermeer's website.