About the city
Welcome to Groningen!
This little jewel of the Northern Netherlands is known as a thriving university town, with one of the youngest populations in Europe, building on a long and proud history as a trading city. Groningen is also known for her progressive urban policy, no-nonsense character, non-stop nightlife, and very large number of bicycles.
The city of Groningen is the capital of the province of Groningen, which we also cover on this site. Read about the province on our page 'about the province'.
Recently, the city of Groningen has been in the news for its fast-growing start-up culture, prize-winning scientists and happy residents. Need we say more?
- Second place for number of fast-growing tech companies in 2018 (behind Amsterdam) - read more on Founded in Groningen
- Home to Nobel prize winner Ben Feringa - read about his win on the University of Groningen website
- One of the happiest cities in Europe, and happiest small city in the Netherlands, scoring in the top five European cities for quality of life, education, public domain, health care and air quality - find out more in the European Commission’s 2016 report on quality of life and in the 2018 World Happiness Report.
Please enjoy browsing this website to find out more about life in Groningen. To understand how the website works, visit the page 'about this site'.
Basic facts & figures
- Population: approx. 230 000
- Student population: approx. 56 000
- Average age of the population: 36 years old
- Number of nationalities resident in the city: over 120
- Number of bicycles in the city: nobody knows for sure, by our calculation (1.3 per resident) 300 000! (Source: RAI association)
- Over 60% of all journeys in the city are made by bike
You can find out more about Groningen in facts and figures through the municipal Groningen City Monitor.
Do you want to visit Groningen during a holiday or a day out? Have a look at Visit Groningen. Here you will find all the information you need about the best places to visit in Groningen, the most beautiful walking and cycling routes and the tastiest regional products. You will get enough inspiration to start exploring Groningen.