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Volendam

town, Edam-Volendam gemeente (municipality), northwestern Netherlands, on Lake IJssel. Its harbour was sealed off as part of an inland lake (see IJsselmeer Polders), and the town's once-flourishing fishing industry has subsequently declined. Tourism is now the principal economic factor. Visitors and artists are attracted by the quaint buildings, some lake dwellings on piles seaward of the dike, and the picturesque traditional costumes of Volendam's fishermen. Neighbouring Marken Island has a similar appeal. Pop. (2007 est.) including Edam, 28,494.

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