The Haarlemmermeer region offers easy connections to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for international travel, a good selection of public and international schools and plenty of green space to spend time outdoors.
Haarlemmermeer and the area around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offer a variety of housing options, particularly suitable for international residents. The area encompasses Hoofddorp, Schiphol, Aalsmeer, Uithoorn, Kudelstaart, Badhoevedorp and Nieuw-Vennep and is home to small neighbourhood communities, modern housing options, lush green landscapes and convenient connections to Amsterdam city centre (Haarlemmermeer is just 25 minutes from Amsterdam’s main train station).
The proximity to one of the best-connected airports in Europe, named Amsterdam Airport City, is a definite advantage for international business travellers and residents who frequently visit family abroad. Many international companies (e.g. Asics and Lóreal) are also based near the airport. An increasing number of trend-setting companies are setting up shop in state-of-the-art business parks throughout the region, creating many career opportunities.
The area offers an impressive selection of modern housing, from detached houses to low-rise apartment blocks. There is plenty of space to build new homes and the area is ahead of the curve on green and sustainable building initiatives. New housing developments, including Hyde Park in Hoofddorp, TudorPark and Park Quatrebras in Badhoevedorp, will provide even more housing in the coming years. In 2018, Haarlemmermeer was named the most sustainable municipality in the Netherlands. The average price per square metre is significantly lower than in Amsterdam.
Extensive parks, farmland and gardens contribute to the area’s peaceful lifestyle. These places border the flower-growing region of the Netherlands, which blooms with vibrant colours every spring and summer, and the neighbouring town of Aalsmeer hosts the world’s largest flower auction. Even in a larger city such as Hoofddorp, you are never far from open green spaces such as the 1000-hectare Park 21 and the Toolenburgplas lake.
The area is known for its business parks, such as Park 20 south of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, which was developed fully in line with the principle that all buildings are energy neutral.
Internationally oriented schools in the municipality
The Roman Catholic primary school Klavertje Vier offers early foreign language instruction in addition to the regular Dutch curriculum.
Gifted Minds International School is an international primary school that offers the IB Primary curriculum with American Common Core State standards.
Optimist International School, on the other hand, is an international primary school offering the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) with learning guidance taken from the UK National Curriculum for Languages and Mathematics.
Haarlemmermeer High School offers a bilingual programme for students at different levels of the Dutch language curriculum: MAVO, HAVO and VWO.
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