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Satellite image of Noordoostpolder
Satellite image of Noordoostpolder
Flag of Noordoostpolder
Coat of arms of Noordoostpolder
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Noordoostpolder in a municipal map of Flevoland
Location in Flevoland
Coordinates: 52°43′N 5°45′E / 52.717°N 5.750°E / 52.717; 5.750Coordinates: 52°43′N 5°45′E / 52.717°N 5.750°E / 52.717; 5.750
Established1 January 1962
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorAucke van der Werff (CDA)
 • Total595.43 km2 (229.90 sq mi)
 • Land460.31 km2 (177.73 sq mi)
 • Water135.12 km2 (52.17 sq mi)
Elevation−3 m (−10 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total46,658
 • Density101/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0527

Noordoostpolder ([ˈnoːrtoːstˌpɔldər] (About this soundlisten), English: North-East Polder) is a municipality in the Flevoland province in the central Netherlands. Formerly, it was also called Urker Land. Emmeloord is the administrative center, located in the heart of the Noordoostpolder. The municipality has the largest land area in the Netherlands. (Lelystad and Terschelling both technically have more total area, but in both cases it is mostly water area.)

For history see Zuiderzee Works.

Population centres[edit]

The population centres are Bant, Creil, Emmeloord, Ens, Espel, Kraggenburg, Luttelgeest, Marknesse, Nagele, Rutten, and Tollebeek.

The former island of Schokland is now a museum.

The town and former island of Urk, in the southwest, now surrounded by the Noordoostpolder, is a separate municipality.



Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Noordoostpolder, June 2015

Rail links[edit]

There are no railway stations in the Noordoostpolder, but the nearest stations are in Kampen, Steenwijk and Lelystad. From 9 December 2012, with the opening of the Hanzelijn, Dronten and Kampen Zuid, will be even closer.

UNESCO World Heritage sites[edit]

UNESCO World Heritage sites located in/near the Noordoostpolder:

Notable people[edit]

Aucke van der Werff
  • David T. Runia (born 1951 in Noordoostpolder) a Dutch-Australian classical scholar and educational administrator
  • Aucke van der Werff (born 1953 in Schettens) politician, current Mayor of Noordoostpolder
  • Rien van der Velde (born 1957 in Nagele) a Dutch politician
  • Stef Blok (born 1964 in Emmeloord) accountant and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Marriët Schuurman (born 1969 in Creil) the current Dutch Human Rights' Ambassador
  • Ernst Meisner (born 1982 in Noordoostpolder) a Dutch dancer and choreographer
Corinne Nugter, 2014
  • Annamarie Thomas (born 1971 in Emmeloord) a Dutch former speed skater
  • Rob Wielaert (born 1978 in Emmeloord) a Dutch footballer
  • Diederik Boer (born 1980 in Emmeloord) a Dutch football goalkeeper.
  • Orlando Wirth (born 1981 in Emmeloord) a Dutch footballer
  • Tjeerd Korf (born 1983 in Emmeloord) a Dutch former professional footballer
  • Corinne Nugter (born 1992 in Emmeloord) a Dutch athlete specialising in the discus throw
  • Femke Beuling (born 1999 in Emmeloord) a Dutch speed skater

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Samenstelling college" [Member of the executive board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Noordoostpolder. Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 8302BW". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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