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The city of Groningen

Small city, full of life

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 homey feel that 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.

Needless to say, students from all over the world easily find their way around and quickly settle in. The many options available in the fields of sports, culture and entertainment are surprisingly diverse and will make you feel right at home.

Welcoming atmosphere

As the economic and cultural capital of the region, the city of Groningen enjoys a bustling reputation, while retaining a safe community character. 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!

Walking around in Groningen, you can still feel a medieval atmosphere in some areas, while in other parts you can admire groundbreaking modern architecture. The University has a visible presence: the historic buildings in the inner-city tell the tale of a rich academic tradition, while the University Medical Center Groningen is an example of contemporary architecture.

With the city’s many bars, restaurants, theatres, museums and sports facilities, you will never be bored. But if you do feel like leaving the vibrant city life, 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’.

Last modified:02 August 2022 2.56 p.m.