Useful links

Here’s some of the important things you’ll need to know in Almere

Police Emergency Number: 112

Police Non-Emergency Number: 0900-8844

Hospital Emergency Number: 0900 203 0 203

City of Almere service line: 14 036

Your health services are provided by Zorg Groep Almere and on their website you can find the information regarding the closest health center and pharmacy to you. (in Dutch).

Via this link you can read in English all about the Dutch Health Care system

Some useful links

Gemeente Almere has a website in English for all internationals living in Almere. The website has plenty of useful information about for example Housing, Education, Work and practicalities. You can find it here

An other website of the municipality is: (in Dutch). There is also a section on the Almere website in English

IN Amsterdam (formerly Expatcenter Amsterdam) provides a one-stop-shop service for international newcomers in the Amsterdam Area. IN Amsterdam serves companies and their highly skilled migrant employees, scientific researchers, international entrepreneurs and international graduates. The IN Amsterdam procedure includes immigration elements such as residence and work permits (including the startup visa), registration with the municipality, the 30% tax ruling and many other official matters. (in English)

ACCESS has been helping internationals, people on an expatriate assignment or those who have moved to the Netherlands for over 30 years. The people who provide the answers to the questions you have, are themselves, internationals. The answers Access have are carefully researched and checked. If you have any specific questions or if you want to speak with a counselor you can call their Access Helpdesk: 0900-2 222 377.
All information you find and the Access website. 

Expatica. A website full of information about living in the Netherlands (in English)

Iamsterdam Mainly about life in Amsterdam, but since the Dutch capital is so close-by it’s also interesting if you live in Almere. (in English)

Here you find the website of the tourist office VVV Almere in English. Their agenda in Dutch you find here.

Cultural life in Almere

For the agenda of theatre group Suburbia you can click here.

Do you want to know which performances you can visit at Almere’s theater KAF, have a look here.

The English section on the website of Theater company Vis à Vis you can find here

The agenda of Almere’s city Library you find here. There is also a cinema in the library.

For information on Corrosia, theatre, expositions and film in Almere Haven you can click on their website

Kinepolis is the cinema in Almere Center. They show a wide variety of films. Foreign films will mostly be in original language with Dutch subtitles, except some films for children.

Shopping information

Almere has 3 major areas ( Buiten, Haven & Stad ) which have markets throughout the week. The locations and times are:

  • Almere Stad, Stadhuisplein en Promenade: woensdag en zaterdag van 09.00 – 16.00 uur
  • Almere Almere Haven, de Markt en de Brink: vrijdag van 09.00 – 14.00 uur
  • Almere Buiten, Globeplein en het Rio de Janeiroplein: donderdag van 09.00 – 16.00 uur

Also Almere has shopping nights to make it easier for those that work during the day, the locations and times of those are:

  • Thurdsay night in Almere Stad shops are open till 9pm
  • Friday night in Almere Buiten shops are open till 9pm

Most stores in Almere Stad are open every Sunday from 12:00 to 5pm.

If you are looking for a 1-stop place for brand clothes at an interesting discount, you probably will like Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet, to be found in Lelystad, about 25 minutes away from Almere, in the same province of Flevoland (see below video for an impression).

Some practicalities about housing:

Rubbish Collection
The green rubbish bin will be picked up every two weeks (Here’s the schedule!). In Almere plastic is a recycled material (blue bin) and often people have also a paper recycling bin. There you can also check which days they will be picked up. If you have a lot of rubbish and you can’t fit any more into your bin (and we all have this from time to time), you can set up a home pick up via the telephone ( 14 036 ) or via Almere’s online digital service booth. If you want to take it yourself, the addresses for the 3 recycling perrons in Almere can be found here.

Broadband Internet in The Netherlands
This extensive guide helps you to get connected to the internet.

Tips for leisure and touristic trips in the proximity:

Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, just north of Almere.

Watersports in Almere

Two touristic attractions next to each other in Lelystad, about 25 minutes away from Almere: Batavia Shipyard and Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet.


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