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 Hanze 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?

Some highlights

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.

Find out more about that special Groningen feeling on Visit Groningen and learn more about Groningen’s bicycling culture on Groningen Cycling City.

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