Almere is part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, about 25 kilometers east of Amsterdam. The city is situated in the Dutch province of Flevoland, in the southern Flevoland polder. A polder is land reclaimed from the sea. The land of the Flevopolder used to be the bottom of the sea, the so called “Zuiderzee”. Almere welcomed the 200,000th inhabitant in October 2016 and had 204,362 inhabitants on the 1st of February 2018. Almere is the fastest growing larger municipality in the Netherlands. In the coming period the city is expected to grow to a number of 300,000 to 350,000 inhabitants.
Almere borders its landside with the municipalities of Lelystad and Zeewolde. At its waterfront, Almere is located at three lakes, the ‘Gooimeer’, ‘IJmeer’ and ‘Markermeer’. Apart from the dykes, the city is completely below sea level (2 to 5 meters).
Almere is the host of the Floriade 2022. The World Horticultural Exhibition Floriade has been held in a Dutch location once every 10 years since 1960. The Floriade is the successor of the Florate exhibitions. Since 1960, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has been holding the horticultural exhibition as a category within the world’s exhibitions.