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Groningen province

The province of Groningen: predominantly rural and quite unspoiled.

The Dutch countryside

Country character

Both the University and the city of Groningen have a unique character, largely due to their situation in the north of the Netherlands. Groningen is the capital of this most northern province, called Groningen as well.

Unlike the western part of the country with its densely populated urban areas, the province of Groningen is predominantly rural and quite unspoiled. As is the case in many parts of Holland, a large area of the province lies below sea level, and land was reclaimed here until well into the 19th century. As a result, the coastal area (towards the "Wadden Sea") offers a limitless view in all directions, well worth a visit by bicycle.

Nature

Groningen also offers you very accessible transportation to one of the Dutch ‘Wadden’-islands called Schiermonnikoog, where beach, sea, nature and typical Wadden-island life awaits you, only one and a half hour from the city. The area is also a special subject of interest for biologists and environmentalist, both nationally and internationally.  

Industry

In terms of industry, Groningen has the largest natural gas field in Western Europe and one of the largest worldwide. It also has one of the Netherlands’ largest shipbuilding centres. In addition, Groningen is an international centre for the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry.

Last modified:18 January 2016 1.15 p.m.
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