Horsterwold forest
Horsterwold forest
Flag of Zeewolde
Coat of arms of Zeewolde
Highlighted position of Zeewolde in a municipal map of Flevoland
Location in Flevoland
Coordinates: 52°20′N 5°33′E / 52.333°N 5.550°E / 52.333; 5.550Coordinates: 52°20′N 5°33′E / 52.333°N 5.550°E / 52.333; 5.550
Established1 January 1984
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorGerrit Jan Gorter
 • Total268.86 km2 (103.81 sq mi)
 • Land247.23 km2 (95.46 sq mi)
 • Water21.63 km2 (8.35 sq mi)
2 m (7 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total22,879
 • Density93/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code036
Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Zeewolde, Sept. 2014.

Zeewolde (Dutch pronunciation: [zeːˈʋɔldə] (listen)) is a municipality and a town in the Flevoland province in the central Netherlands. It has a population of approximately 22,000 (2017). It is situated in the polder of Flevoland with the small lake called the Wolderwijd to the east. To the south is a large deciduous forest called the Horsterwold [nl]. The area to the west is principally agricultural.

Zeewolde is known for its landscape and nature art; the most well-known art work is Sea Level by Richard Serra, located in the Landschapspark De Wetering.

In the wood Hulkesteinse Bos there is the naturist resort Flevo-Natuur [nl], with recreation bungalows, a camp site, and the possibility of day recreation.[5]


The municipality of Zeewolde was founded in 1984 and is therefore one of the youngest in the Netherlands. Before 1984, the area was administrated by the Openbaar Lichaam Zuidelijke IJsselmeerpolders [nl] (OLZIJ) (English: Public Body of Southern IJsselmeer Polders), founded by the Dutch national government after the province of Flevoland was created. The name 'Zeewolde' was always meant to be used during the planning stages, but on various locations.

Zeewolde's first inhabitants were the so-called 'pioneers', moving in from the 'old land' to the newly created polder in 1979. They were mostly farmers and in the beginning stages deprived of amenities such as electricity or tap water. The planned village was then mostly meant to provide services to the neighbouring farmers. Alongside the farmers, two holiday resorts were founded in the area.

In August 1980, the Zeewolde advisory board, headed by Han Lammers who was at the time the head of the OLZIJ, met for the first time. In February 1982, municipal elections were held and the first streekplan [nl] (Structural plan) was drawn, envisaging the village to grow to 15.000 inhabitants. The actual village itself was started in 1983, after which in 1984 Zeewolde became a municipality in its own right. On 23 February 1984, the official first inhabitant of the village of Zeewolde was handed the keys of his house.


There are no railway stations in the municipality, but the nearest stations are Harderwijk, Nijkerk and the stations in Almere. There are busconnections to the stations in Harderwijk and Nijkerk, and to the central station in Almere.

Notable people




  1. ^ "Samenstelling College van B&W" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Zeewolde. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 3891ER". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  5. ^ Flevo-Natuur

External links

Media related to Zeewolde at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website
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