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Groningen: small city, full of life

People in Groningen enjoying the nice weather and a drink
Students in Groningen enjoying a drink in the sun

Chosen as one of the happiest cities in Europe, Groningen enjoys a bustling reputation. The city is known for its cultural events, yet it will never lose that homely disposition which attracts so many people.

What will probably strike you most when entering Groningen is its youthful population. Roughly a quarter of the city’s 200.000 inhabitants consists of students. You will find them everywhere: studying in the park, riding a bike, or having a drink with fellow students in one of the many pubs.

Welcoming atmosphere

One of the old university buildings
One of the old university buildings

Our city scores high on greening, trust in fellow inhabitants, health care, public spacing and of course, education. Besides that, Groningers are very satisfied with air quality, sport facilities, cultural facilities, safety and the city council. 97 percent of the people in Groningen are happy to live in Groningen. And they should be!

The University itself has a very visible presence: the historic buildings in the city centre show the rich academic tradition, while DOT is an example of contemporary architecture.

Always something going on

DOT. Photo: Staalmakers.
DOT. Photo: Staalmakers.

With the city’s many bars, restaurants, theatres, museums and sports facilities, you will never get bored.

If you do feel like leaving the vibrant city life however, the countryside is never far away. Take a breath of air and clear your head while enjoying the flat landscape and limitless view in all directions when you get nearer to the ‘Wadden Sea’.

We hope to welcome you soon to the bustling and hospitable city of Groningen!


Noorderplantsoen, the city centre parc. Photo: Andre Eggens.
Noorderplantsoen, the city centre parc. Photo: Andre Eggens.

Last modified:01 July 2019 09.07 a.m.
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