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. This battle has inspired people to innovate, collaborate and co-create with an open-mind, in order to create a safe and liveable delta.
Since 2,500 square miles (6,500 square km) of the Netherlands consists of land reclaimed from the sea, we have dykes, locks and pumps to take care of our water management. We need ‘new’ land to house our many inhabitants, of whom over eighty percent already live in urban areas. One of those urban areas is the Amsterdam Metropolitan area, which includes Almere.
The cultural life of Dutch people 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. Dutch dairy farming is highly developed.
Horticulture carried out under glass 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.
We find Almere on the largest artificial island of the Netherlands, Flevoland, east of Amsterdam, two to five meters under sea level. It is only forty years ago that 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.
Dykes, locks and pumps take care of water management, as the area lies below the level of the surrounding water. This water connects Almere with Amsterdam, a tourist hot-spot, which draws more than seventeen million tourists every year. Almere is part of the 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 traffic 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 will take just thirty minutes. The city of Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, is only thirty kilometres from Almere. 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.
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. At 45 mm, April is the month with the lowest precipitation and October, with 80 mm, the highest. August is the warmest month, with an average temperature of 16.6 °C. January, with an average of 2.2 °C, is the coldest month of the year.