City life meets village atmosphere

Providing both the close-knit community of a village with the conveniences of city life, Zaanstad has everything residents need to make the most of life. The area is proud of its industrial heritage, and has offered boundless employment opportunities from its earliest days as a port city. Today, the spacious surrounds offer room for Zaanstad to grow, with new housing developments and a thriving business climate continually changing the face of the area.

The locks in Zaandam. European School Zaanstad bidbook. (Credit: Mike Bink)

A welcoming home for residents 

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, which encompasses 32 municipalities, is highly multicultural and internationally oriented. Zaanstad is no exception. Along with its many attractions for international visitors to enjoy, including more than 600 fascinating monuments, it has a rapidly growing community of international residents. English is widely spoken, and commonly overheard in local supermarkets, restaurants and other venues. 2.5 million residents call the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area home. 300,000 companies are based here, including many multinational organisations, and they provide 1.5 million jobs. Approximately 156,000 people live in Zaanstad, and there are approximately 55,000 jobs of 12 hours or more. 

Housing in Zaanstad is attractive and varied, a rarity for a location so close to a European capital. Ranging from charming traditional wooden houses to modern waterfront apartments and family homes with spacious gardens, there are options to suit every lifestyle and budget. Zaanstad also has ample space available for building new homes (website in Dutch). 

Outdoor adventures

Living in such close proximity to the countryside offers a high quality of life, as do the short commuting times and opportunities to enjoy sports and leisure activities.

Cycling in Zaanse Schans. European School Zaanstad bidbook. (Credit: Dirk Brand)

Zaanstad is at the heart of the Zaanstreek-Waterland, an area with a fascinating history near what once was the Zuiderzee. Nearby towns like Beemster, Marken, Monnickendam, Edam and Volendam offer a glimpse into the area’s rich cultural and industrial past. Warehouses, mills, cheese factories and iconic fishing villages have been almost entirely preserved.

Beautiful landscapes include the Kalverpolder, the windmills of the Zaanse Schans and the hamlets of Haaldersbroek, Twiske, Jagersveld, Westzanerveld and Guisveld for an idyllic walk or bike ride. The region cherishes the old and at the same time opts for the new, for innovation, development and growth.