The old Hanseatic city of Groningen, counting over 200,000 inhabitants , is the largest city and the economic capital of the northern Netherlands. With over half of the population under 35, the inhabitants are, on average, younger than anywhere in the country. This shows: Groningen is a young, vibrant and dynamic city with many cultural hotspots, top facilities and a bustling business community.
Groningen is home to two universities and the second largest University Medical Center in the Netherlands. It is home to more than 60,000 students.
The city’s economy thrives on the service-industry, with a focus on healthy ageing, energy and creative industries, as innovation drivers. The city sits at the core of the Functional Urban Area of 480,000 inhabitants, underlining the central function of Groningen.
A high standard of quality of living is essential to Groningen. As a city of talent and a city of knowledge, Groningen is both competing and cooperating in an international environment, together with both the major economic regions in Europe and with the medium sized cities.
Groningen’s Food Trails pilot aims to actively stimulate access to healthy and local food for citizens living in poorer neighbourhoods. It will build on the existing eco-system of around 120 food initiatives to stimulate a healthier lifestyle. Health, sustainability and inclusion are key in the Groningen approach.