Houses in Almere are typically affordable and modern – some of the existing homes are no older than 20 to 30 years, while many more are five to ten years old. Residential areas are spacious and thoughtfully planned around schools, parks and shopping areas. If you’ve ever dreamt of building your own home, Almere is the perfect location. Crime levels are low compared to major international cities, while traffic safety is very high – the urban infrastructure features bus lanes and cycle paths that are separate from the main roads.Housing
Almere is home to two international schools, two universities of applied sciences, 17 secondary schools and almost 100 primary schools. The city has public schools as well as schools that provide lessons based on a particular pedagogical vision or religious conviction. Examples of the former are the Dalton, Montessori or Jena-plan educational systems. There are also schools based on Catholic, Reformed, Protestant, Ecumenical and Islamic principles, along with schools that offer a high standard of special needs education.Education
Almere is home to more than 18,000 companies. Some of the major international names include Yakult, Yanmar and Csmart, while Dutch companies like Voiceworks and Elements Interactive are also thriving and expanding, looking for new (international) hires regularly.Work
Almere also presents business opportunities at every turn, with plenty of space to accommodate offices, warehouses at one of the many business parks, matched by an entrepreneurial spirit that attracts international companies. Its urban planners and architects look to the future with respect to forward-thinking design as well as green and sustainable initiatives. Almere has access to a talented workforce and is conveniently located within 20 minutes of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Amsterdam city centre.Invest
Quality of life
Alongside the striking modern architecture and outdoor artworks, Almere Centrum has more than 400 shops, a varied cultural agenda and cinemas. The natural surroundings also attract visitors, who come to admire the unique ‘polder’ landscapes, sail one of the lakes or simply relax in the green open spaces. The Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve is a particular highlight for hiking, cycling and spotting wildlife.Quality of life
Find in-depth information on moving to Almere or doing business in the city by taking a look at our practical tips.Practical Information
Expats in Almere
Expats in Almere would like to tell you why they live, work, live, study or do business in Almere. You can read their stories on this site. Enthusiastically they take you on a journey through this surprising city. View the stories of Vicky and Shailjla.
In our gallery you will find beautiful pictures of Almere. These photos and videos give you a first impression of the city.