Almere (Dutch pronunciation: [ɑlˈmeːrə] (listen)) is a planned city and municipality in the province of Flevoland, Netherlands across the IJmeer from Amsterdam.

Flag of Almere
Coat of arms of Almere
Highlighted position of Almere in a municipal map of Flevoland
Location in Flevoland
Almere is located in Netherlands
Location within the Netherlands
Almere is located in Europe
Location within Europe
Coordinates: 52°22′N 5°13′E
RegionAmsterdam metropolitan area
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorAnk Bijleveld (acting) (CDA)
  Total248.77 km2 (96.05 sq mi)
  Land129.19 km2 (49.88 sq mi)
  Water119.58 km2 (46.17 sq mi)
Elevation−3 m (−10 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
  Density1,662/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code036
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Bordering Lelystad and Zeewolde, the municipality of Almere comprises six official areas[5] that are the districts of Almere Stad (which is further split up into Almere Stad Oost, Almere Stad West and Almere Centrum), Almere Buiten and Almere Pampus (which is currently being designed),[6] and the boroughs of Almere Haven, Almere Hout and Almere Poort. Four of them feature official district or borough offices.[7] Furthermore, it also comprises the unofficial historic district and neighborhood Oostvaardersdiep.[8][9] Almere is part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (MRA).

Almere is the newest city in the Netherlands:[10] the land on which the city sits, the Southern Flevoland polder, was reclaimed from the IJsselmeer from 1959 to 1968. The first house was finished in 1976, and Almere became a municipality in 1984. It has the largest population of the municipalities in Flevoland with 214,715 citizens in 2021 and the 8th largest in the Netherlands. In October 2007, the city council of Almere made agreements with the government to expand the city to 350,000 inhabitants by 2030.[11][12]

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