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About the province

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Welcome to the province of Groningen!

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!

Recently, the province of Groningen has been in the news because of its leading role in the energy transition, and strong growth in digital and bio-based economic sectors. Need we say more?

Some of the most remarkable 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


Provincial role

The overall administrative structure of the Netherlands is comprised of three layers: the central Government (the state), the provinces and the municipalities. The province is responsible for legislation, for which the state is too big and the municipalities too small. In short, the provinces are the link between the state and the municipalities.

You can find out more about the provincial economy on the Groningen economy site and more about business on this portal.

Visit Groningen

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.