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Ens is a village in the Dutch province of Flevoland. It is a part of the municipality of Noordoostpolder. The Noordoostpolder (North Eastern Polder) was the second polder to be reclaimed as part of the Zuyderzee reclamation project. It was drained in 1942. Ens is situated about 10 km southeast of Emmeloord, the central village of the polder. The design and planning of the towns and villages of the Noordoostpolder was the responsibility of the Wieringermeer Directorate, a sub-department of the Ministry of Water Management.
According to the plans drawn up by the Wieringermeer Directorate, there should be a central town in the Noordoostpolder that should serve as its governmental and services centre. Apart from that central town (i.e. Emmeloord) there should be ten smaller villages, conceived more as agricultural communities. Ens is one of those smaller villages.
Ens was designed by the architect Th.G. Verlaan. Construction started in 1948. In 2007, Ens had about 3,300 inhabitants. Like most of the other villages of the Noordoostpolder, Ens primarily has a service function for the surrounding rural area. Many of the neighbouring farmers grow flowers. However, Ens also boasts some light industry.