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Look around sharply and find out little differences with the main land. The new polders are quite different from the old land and have there own tradition. A small example is what you find on top of the churchtowers. No, it's not the traditional rooster, but always something that has a connection with the sea. A boat, a fish or some legendary seagod.
Updated Sep 21, 2003
Not only because the location is ideal, but also because I am under the impression that Flevoland-people are just a little bit more thinking of the future then the average other Dutch. All around Flevoland you'll see windmill-turbines swinging their huge blades. The energyproduction of Flevoland (incl. the one gas-electricity-plant in lelystad) is perfectly in balance. As there is practically always wind in this low leveled province, more windmills are planned. Thus adding to a future rich province that can say to have more windmills then any other place in The Netherlands (-:
Written Jun 24, 2003
The Netherlands already have problems with overpopulation for quite some times. Already centuries ago several lakes North of Amsterdam were dried (poldered in). Long time ago in Groningen en Friesland people fought hard against the tides of the sea. Then in between A'dam and The Hague (Haarlemmermeer) and next the Dutch started to tame the Southern Sea by making it into a lake. Then at the top of North-Holland the Wieringermeer and then Flevoland was born. First it began with the Noord-Oost-polder and then followed the immens large Flevoland itself. Plans were there to also polder in the Markerwaard, but this has been prevented as environmentalists came with strong arguments to keep the IJsselmeer as it was. Only the dike from Lelystad to Enkhuizen (an impressive road straight through the water) reminds of these plans, that one day still can be carried out.
At first all these activities were mainly to gain furtile lands for growing crops and still Flevoland is an agricultural society. Here fields and arable land are large and have high productions. But even here, growth of population starts to gain intrest and towns like Almere and Lelystad grow at an amazing rate.
Updated Jun 24, 2003