The Netherlands, as the name suggests, is a low-lying and remarkably flat country, with large expanses of lakes, rivers, and canals. Because of its location on the North Sea coast, it has always been forced to find solutions in the battle against water deterioration and. This battle has inspired the Dutch people to innovate, collaborate and co-create with an open-mind, in order to create a safe and liveable delta.
Almere is located on the largest artificial island of the Netherlands, called Flevoland, which is directly east of Amsterdam and two to five meters under sea level. Only fourty years ago, the first pile was sunk into the reclaimed land and the first inhabitants settled in this new, polder city. Today, over 200.000 people live here and growing.
Dykes, locks and pumps secure reclaimed land from water infiltration and take care of water management, as the area lies below the level of the surrounding water. This water connects Almere with Amsterdam, a renowned international city and tourist hotspot, which draws more than seventeen million tourists every year. Almere is part of the greater Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, with two million inhabitants.
The Netherlands has an outstanding highway and railway system. Transportation is of special importance here, because the country functions as a gateway for the passing of goods between Western Europe and the rest of the world. Both inhabitants and tourists benefit from this.
Almere is centrally located in the Netherlands. Schiphol International Airport is only 45 kilometres from Almere and within easy reach. With an excellent train connection, it will only take 25 minutes from Schiphol to Almere Central Station.
Travelling by car from Schiphol to Floriade Expo 2022 takes just thirty minutes. The city of Amsterdam, the largest city in capital of the Netherlands, is only thirty kilometres away. The direct train connection from the city centre of Amsterdam to the centre of Almere takes twenty minutes. Travelling by car from the centre of Amsterdam to the Floriade Expo 2022 takes thirty minutes.
The cultural life and history of people living in the Netherlands (the Dutch) is varied and lively. Dutch painting and crafts are world renowned, and painters like Van Gogh and Rembrandt are among the greatest the world has ever known.
The country’s agricultural land is divided into grassland, arable farmland, and horticultural land. Dairy farming is highly developed and prolific in the Netherlands.
Horticulture carried out under glass in greenhouses is of special importance. The export of greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, cut flowers, and houseplants has greatly increased; and the Netherlands now contains a substantial share of the total European horticultural area under glass. Open-air horticulture also produces fruit, vegetables, cut flowers, and bulbs; the latter from the world-famous colourful bulb fields.
Almere has an oceanic climate (Cfb), characterized by mild to cool winters and warm summers, with moderate, year-round precipitation. The annual average temperature in Almere is 9.2 °C and annual average precipitation is 796 mm. April is the month with the lowest precipitation, at 45mm, and October with the highest at 80 mm. August is the warmest month of the year, with an average temperature of 16.6 °C, and January the coldest, with an average of 2.2 °C