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Coordinates: 52°20′N 4°58′E / 52.333°N 4.967°E / 52.333; 4.967
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A view of Diemen
A view of Diemen
Flag of Diemen
Coat of arms of Diemen
Highlighted position of Diemen in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland and the Netherlands
Coordinates: 52°20′N 4°58′E / 52.333°N 4.967°E / 52.333; 4.967
ProvinceNorth Holland
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorErik Boog (D66)
 • Total14.04 km2 (5.42 sq mi)
 • Land11.99 km2 (4.63 sq mi)
 • Water2.05 km2 (0.79 sq mi)
Elevation−1 m (−3 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total31,334
 • Density2,613/km2 (6,770/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code020

Diemen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdimə(n)] ) is a town and municipality with a population of 31,334 in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. It is located approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) southeast of Amsterdam's city centre, within the Amsterdam metropolitan area.



The name Diemen comes from the river Diem, which originates from die eme, meaning the water.[5]


2015 Map of the municipality Diemen

Diemen is located in the province North Holland, in the west of the Netherlands. The town is part of the urban area of Amsterdam and is situated between Amsterdam-Oost (IJburg, Watergraafsmeer), Ouder-Amstel (Duivendrecht), Amsterdam-Zuidoost (Bijlmer, Driemond), and Muiden.

Three waterways cross the municipality: the Weespertrekvaart from west to south, the Amsterdam–Rhine Canal from north to east, and the river Diem from south to north. The river is the namesake of Diemen. The town can be divided into three neighbourhoods: Diemen Noord, Diemen Centrum, and Diemen Zuid.

Diemen Noord (English: North Diemen) is located on the south bank of the Amsterdam–Rhine Canal, which separates it from the Amsterdam neighbourhood IJburg, on the west bank of the river Diem, and on the north side of the Amsterdam–Zutphen railway. The area contains houses, a few of which are recreated late medieval houses, a minor shopping centre, and in the east a green area called Diemerpolder.

Diemen Centrum (English: Diemen Centre) extends from the Watergraafsmeer in the west, from which it is separated by the A10 motorway, all the way to the north-east of municipality with the rural area Overdiemerpolder, an electricity plant, and the green area Diemervijfhoek. The neighbourhood contains houses and apartment buildings, the largest shopping centre, and the town hall. The train station Diemen is located between Noord and Centrum.

Diemen Zuid (English: South Diemen) is located next to Duivendrecht, Bijlmer, and Driemond. It contains houses and apartment buildings, a minor shopping centre, and a location of Inholland University of Applied Sciences. On the south-west border is the railway station Diemen Zuid for metros and trains. The east part of the neighbourhood contains an industrial area and a green area called Diemerbos.



The municipality has a population of 25,915 and a population density of 2,161/km2 (5,600/sq mi).[6] 51,2% Dutch background, 48,8% No Dutch background



The municipal government consists of the executive college of the mayor and aldermen and the elected municipal council. The municipal building is located at the D.J. den Hartoglaan 1.

After the 2010 local elections in the Netherlands, a coalition of Labour Party (PvdA), GreenLeft (GL), Democrats 66 (D66), and Socialist Party (SP) was formed in Diemen. The mayor is Erik Boog [nl] (D66).[7] Following the 2018 elections, negotiations are ongoing for forming the next governing coalition.[8]

The municipal council of Diemen consists of 21 elected members. The seats are divided as follows:[9]

  • GreenLeft – 5 seats
  • D66 – 4 seats
  • PvdA – 3 seats
  • VVD – 3 seats
  • Leefbaar Diemen – 2 seats
  • Ouderenpartij Diemen – 2 seats
  • CDA – 1 seat
  • Ons Diemen – 1 seat


Diemen railway station

The motorways A1 (E231) and A9 pass through the municipality of Diemen, and the motorway A10 (Amsterdam ring) lies just outside the municipal border with Amsterdam.

Diemen has two train stations, Diemen on the Amsterdam–Zutphen railway and Diemen Zuid on the Weesp–Leiden railway. All train services to and from Diemen are operated by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS). The railway station Diemen Zuid connects the town to the metro network of the Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB).

Tram (line 19), bus and night bus services connect Diemen to Amsterdam and other towns in the area.

Bus service line 44 drives from Diemen North to the railway and metrostation Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena

Metro line 53 stops at two stations (Diemen Zuid and Verrijn Stuartweg) in the Southern district of the town.


The University of Applied Sciences Inholland has a location in Diemen

There are six primary schools in Diemen. The three public schools are De Octopus, De Venser, and 'de Noorderbreedte. The two ecumenical schools are De Ark and De Kersenboom, which is both public and ecumenical. De Nieuwe Kring is a Jenaplan school and Sint-Petrusschool is a Roman Catholic school.[10] 't Palet and De Duif merged in 2014 and formed the Noorderbreedte. 't Palet was a public school and De Duif was an ecumenical school.

There are no secondary schools in Diemen. The nearest secondary schools are in Amsterdam and Weesp.[11]

There are two institutes of tertiary education in Diemen: the universities of applied sciences HBO Nederland and Inholland both have a location in Diemen Zuid.[12] The nearest universities are in Amsterdam.

Notable people

Pieter Nieuwland, 1803




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  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 1111ZB". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  5. ^ (in Dutch) Diemen, Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek. Retrieved on 4 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Nieuwe burgemeester Diemen". Government of the Netherlands. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Groenlinks gaat met alle partijen in gesprek over coalitie". DiemerNieuws.nl. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Definitieve uitslag gemeenteraadsverkiezing 2018". Diemen Municipality. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  10. ^ (in Dutch) Basisonderwijs, Lokaaltotaal.nl/Diemen. Retrieved on 2013-05-22.
  11. ^ (in Dutch) Voortgezet onderwijs, Lokaaltotaal.nl/Diemen. Retrieved on 2013-05-22.
  12. ^ (in Dutch) HBO, Lokaaltotaal.nl/Diemen. Retrieved on 2013-05-22.
  13. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 31 January 2020