The Flevopolder is a polder, or region of reclaimed land, in Flevoland, Netherlands. The eastern part was drained in 1955 and the southern part in 1968.

The Flevopolder
Coordinates52°30′N 5°28′E
Area970 km2 (370 sq mi)
Largest settlementAlmere [1] (pop. 202,764)

Unlike other major polders, such as Noordoostpolder and the Wieringermeer, the Flevopolder is completely surrounded by bordering lakes, the Veluwemeer, Ketelmeer, and Gooimeer and can therefore be considered an island. It is the largest artificial island in the world.[2][3] Its construction, however, differed from other artificial islands; dikes were first built around the area of the polder, and the water was then drained by diesel/electric pumps.

The name refers to the ancient Lake Flevo. The Flevopolder, together with the Noordoostpolder forms the province of the Flevoland, the most recently created province of the Netherlands.


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