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The northernmost province of the Netherlands is known for a combination of wide open space, proud local history and society, and strong business sectors. It is also known for having the cleanest air and the richest cultural offering in the whole of the Netherlands! The City of Groningen has been a centre of trade and regional power since the Middle Ages, and is now a vibrant student city with a world top-100 university, a huge number of research institutes, a booming start-up scene; and nightlife that is the envy of the rest of the Netherlands! The province of Groningen has a strong focus on taking a leading role in the energy transition, strong growth in bio-based economic sectors and and established digital community.
Forum Groningen
Peter Wiersema

Recent developments in the province


Facts and figures

  • Population: approx. 580 000
  • Population density: 242 people per square kilometer
  • Biggest age group: 20 - 50 years old
  • Number of medieval churches in the province: approx. 100



Founded in Groningen

Groningen works together with Friesland and Drenthe on an attractive and supportive ecosystem for startups and scale-ups. Founded in Friesland and Founded in Groningen together offer technology clusters and partners support from start to growth. With high-quality startup programmes, they provide knowledge, inspiration and connections with the right partners. Discover all about Founded in Groningen here. Curious which startups and scale-ups are situated in the North? Check the landscape overview in Dealroom.


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