Why you should move to Groningen

Why you should move to Groningen

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Relocating to the Netherlands doesn’t always mean choosing one of the major cities to live in. There are a lot of other places to explore. Crown Relocations takes a closer look at why so many people are choosing to move to Groningen:

Student living

The youthful city of Groningen is known for having the youngest population in the Netherlands; more than 60 percent of the population is under the age of 40, twenty percent of which is students. This isn’t surprising when you consider that it’s home to several big educational institutions, such as the University of Groningen, University Medical Centre Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

Growing expat community

There are various opportunities for expats looking to move to Groningen. There are large data centres in Eemshaven, a seaport in the province of Groningen. This has attracted a lot of expats from the tech industry. There are also opportunities for expats within the education field.

Small but mighty

Groningen is a small city, easily walkable with a regular bus network for those who live further out. Despite its smaller size, compared to major cities in the Netherlands, there is a lot to love in Groningen. You’ll find all the usual sites you’d expect, such as colourful houses in Reitdiephaven, canal boats and bicycle-lined streets. There are also a few unusual standouts such as Grand Hotel de Kromme Raake, one of the smallest hotels in the world and De Drie Gezusters, the largest pub in Europe.  

Cultural sights

If you were thinking it’s only the big cities of the Netherlands that can give the cultural experiences you’re looking for, you’d be wrong. Groningen is home to one of the oldest botanical gardens in the Netherlands, Hortus Haren. The gardens were established in the 17th century and measure over twenty acres, there are many beautiful sights to see.

There’s also the Menkemaborg to visit, which is a fully furnished castle museum where you can see just how 17th and 18th century nobility lived. The gardens are complete with a labyrinth, orchard and teahouse.

Strong connections

Another reason why so many expats are moving to Groningen is because of how easy it is to get around and visit other places. The city has its own airport, 10km outside the city centre, as well as three train stations that go to most Dutch cities on route. Depending on what part you’re visiting, you can also be in Germany within two hours by car.

There are, of course, lots more reasons to live in Groningen. What are some of your favourite things about this wonderful city?

Planning on moving to the Netherlands? Crown Relocations has been helping families and individuals relocate internationally for over fifty years! They offer a variety of services to make sure you feel at home in no time.



Paul Irwin

Paul Irwin is a Moving Consultant for Crown Relocations.

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