Nagele is a village in the north east polder south of Emmeloord with about 2000 inhabitants. There is a supermarket, the VV Nagele football club and other small amenities. About four kilometers southeast of Nagele village center lies Schokkerhaven.
The village is named after an island, De Nagel, which was like Schokland and Urk in the Zuiderzee. In the Middle Ages Nagele disappeared into the waves. It is the last of ten villages in the Noordoostpolder. Due to the tremendous changes in the fifties, it was decided not to build any more workers' homes at the Nagele farms, but to let the rural workers live in the village. In order to get more living in the village, non-polder people could also rent a house in Nagele. Thus Nagele was actually the first village in the Noordoostpolder, where there were quite a few randstadelingen.
The Nagele Museum gives an idea of the design and development of Nagele village and its unique place in the Netherlands architecture history. The museum is housed in the former Roman Catholic church, built by Theo Taen and Thomas Nix architects.
In total, Nagele has three registrations in the national register of monuments that all schools deal with. This is a public school with playground and bicycle storage room, a Protestant Christian school with playground and bicycle storage and a Roman Catholic school with playground and bicycle storage. The reformed Samen op weg church and her bell tower are registered as a communal monument of Nagele.