We have new land!
After the reclamation in 1942, there is no general regret about losing the island of Schokland.
It is simply parceled together as part of the future agricultural area. The new land is seen as the victory trophy of Dutch struggle against the water. The names Emmeloord and Ens, the old fishing villages on Schokland, are to be returned in the Noordoostpolder as village names. The former island with the former residential lakes, Emmeloord, Ens (or Middelbuurt), the Zuidert, and the Zuidpunt are still recognizable as a long, low ridge in the broad polder landscape.
In 1995, Schokland and its surroundings become a World Heritage site and were recognized as a unique part of the Netherlands, where the centuries-long battle against water and life with the water is visible.
After the Noordoostpolder, two adjacent polders were created: Oostelijk Flevoland in 1957 and Zuidelijk Flevoland in 1968. The polders became a new province of the Netherlands in 1986, with the capital Lelystad.
Created in partnership with: Province of Flevoland