(1 January 2019)
At the heart of the Noordoostpolder, where the three main drainage canals Lemstervaart, Urkervaart and Zwolsevaart 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).
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.
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:
|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)|
- (in Dutch) Feiten en cijfers Archived 2014-04-19 at the Wayback Machine, Municipality of Noordoostpolder
- Peilbesluit stedelijk gebied gemeente Noordoostpolder
- http://www.emmeloord.info/ (Dutch)
- http://www.noordoostpolder.nl/ (Dutch)