AMSTERDAM AREA AMSTERDAM, AMSTELVEEN, DIEMEN, ALMERE, LELYSTAD, HAARLEM, HAARLEMMERMEER, HILVERSUM, ALKMAAR, BERGEN, HOORN, IJMOND, ZANDVOORT, CASTRICUM, ZAANSTREEK & WATERLAND
Population of Amsterdam: 873,200 Population of the region: 2.5 million Nationalities: 168 (approximately) Number of bikes in the city: 847,000 (estimated) Total kilometres cycled every day: 2 million Number of international schools in the region: 17 and still increasing LINKS www.iamsterdam.com/living (regional information) www.amsterdam.nl/en (city information) www.iamsterdam.com/inamsterdam (for international newcomers)
The city of Amsterdam is a world-famous destination, home to the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, renowned museums and countless tourist attractions, but there’s much more to experience and discover in the region. The Amsterdam Area includes a stretch of the North Sea Coast, newly formed cities like Almere and Lelystad, the historic city of Haarlem, harbourside villages and much more – all within an hour of Amsterdam’s city centre. More international residents are choosing to settle in these areas, where there is a greater choice of housing, international schools with capacity for new students and easy transport connections for work. AMSTERDAM, AMSTELVEEN & DIEMEN The city of Amsterdam has enjoyed a long and interesting history, and today it prides itself on a rich cultural life and a diverse population. This is illustrated by the fact that the city’s districts and neighbourhoods are hugely varied – each has its own character, from the green spaces in Oost, the bustling creativity in West, to the quieter, charming villages in Noord. Amstelveen and Diemen are neighbouring cities, offering yet more diversity. Here you can enjoy a bigger variety of housing options, peaceful residential areas and a vibrant international community, while all the benefits of living and working in
Amsterdam’s city centre are within a short bike ride. ALMERE & LELYSTAD The Netherlands’ newest cities, Almere and Lelystad, were built on land that was reclaimed from the sea in a feat of Dutch engineering. Since the first homes were built here in the 1960s and ‘70s, these cities have developed into well-planned residential areas with world-class architecture, lakes and criss-crossing waterways, modern infrastructure and excellent transport connections. Aside from being one of the most distinctive and diverse areas to buy housing in the Amsterdam Area, there are also opportunities to design and build your own home. HAARLEM Haarlem is one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful old cities, offering a wealth of historic buildings and sights and a lively community of 150,000 residents. Often likened to a miniature version of Amsterdam, Haarlem has a similarly picturesque old-world charm, with cobbled streets, winding waterways and gabled houses. Though rich with historic architecture, it’s a lively city packed with culture, nightlife, dining hotspots and some of the best shopping streets in the country.
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