Emmeloord is the administrative center of the municipality of Noordoostpolder, Flevoland, Netherlands.

The Poldertoren in Emmeloord
The Poldertoren in Emmeloord
Emmeloord is located in Flevoland
Location of Emmeloord in the province of Flevoland
Coordinates: 52°42′35″N 5°45′3″E / 52.70972°N 5.75083°E / 52.70972; 5.75083
 (1 January 2019)
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Topographic map of Emmeloord, March 2014


At the heart of the Noordoostpolder, where the three main drainage canals Lemstervaart, Urkervaart and Zwolsevaart[2] intersect, is the city of Emmeloord (1943). Named after an abandoned village on the island of Schokland, Emmeloord is located in a polder: land reclaimed from the IJsselmeer, which earlier was part of the sea. Planned from the outset to be the first and the only major town of the polder, it is the local government and services centre.

The first district built was called the Onkruidbuurt ("weed neighbourhood"). Street names were chosen from the weeds that were growing all around on the former sea floor, like reed (Rietstraat), thistle (Distelstraat) and sea aster (Zeeasterstraat).

From Emmeloord three main canals take their water to three pumping stations: the Buma near Lemmer (north), the Smeenge at Vollenhove (south-east) and the Vissering on Urk (south-west).

In the center of Emmeloord there is a 65 meter tall water tower called the Poldertoren. The tower is the central point of the Noordoostpolder and could be seen from almost every location in the early years of the Noordoostpolder, when there were no tall trees. In Japan there is a replica of this water tower.

Surrounding villagesEdit

Ten smaller villages, conceived more as agricultural communities, were planned in a wide circle around Emmeloord, with the distances between them determined to be easily reachable by bicycle. In order from first to last, these settlements were Marknesse (1946), Ens (1948), Kraggenburg (1948), Luttelgeest 1950, Bant (1951), Rutten (1952), Creil (1953), Nagele (1954), Espel (1956) and finally Tollebeek (1956).


There is no railway station in Emmeloord, but good bus connections exist to the nearest stations. Only relevant rail connections are mentioned in below table:[1]

Station Destinations Bus route
to station
Lelystad Centrum, Lelystad Almere, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, The Hague, Rotterdam Bus 140
Kampen, Kampen Zwolle Bus 141, 641
Zwolle, Zwolle Emmen, Almelo, Enschede, Deventer, Arnhem, 's-Hertogenbosch, Amersfoort, Utrecht Bus 71, 641
Heerenveen, Heerenveen Leeuwarden Bus 315, 324 (Qliner)

The connection with Heerenveen, Drachten and Groningen is ensured by Arriva Qliner intercity buses.

Emmeloord lies at the intersection of the A6 motorway and the N50 dual carriageway, providing a rapid connection to Amsterdam, Zwolle and Friesland.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Feiten en cijfers Archived 2014-04-19 at the Wayback Machine, Municipality of Noordoostpolder
  2. ^ Peilbesluit stedelijk gebied gemeente Noordoostpolder

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Coordinates: 52°42′35″N 5°45′3″E / 52.70972°N 5.75083°E / 52.70972; 5.75083