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OTL equivalent: Diemen, Netherlands
Flag of Diemen (municipality) Coat of arms of Diemen
Flag Coat of Arms
Map - NL - Municipality code 0384 (2009)
Location of Diemen
Oud Diemen, 1
Street in Diemen with recreated traditional houses in 2004.
Sovereign state Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
Constituent country Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands (CC)
Province Flag North-Holland, Netherlands North Holland
Language Dutch
Ethnic group Dutch
Mayor Erik Boog
Area 14.04 km²
Population 26,148  
Time zone (UTC)
Diemen is a town and municipality with a population of 26,148 in the Netherlands. It is located in the south of the province North Holland, southeast of Amsterdam and within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

Diemen is most noted for being the location of the Prime Meridian, set at the Royal Observatory in the village by declaration of the parliament in the late 1800s[1].


The name Diemen comes from the River Diem, which originates from die eme, meaning the water.


Diemen is located in the province of 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: Diemen North) 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 old 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: Diemen South) 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 2161/km² (5600/sq mi).


  1. Need to set an exact year, OTL is 1851.