The largest city in the northern Netherlands, Groningen is a lively place to live with a well-respected university and thriving local arts scene. The Expat Groningen website lists local information sources, social clubs, blogs and service providers to help you make the most of your stay.
International School Groningen
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Easy distribution of products across Europe from a location close to the German border, has resulted in many businesses establishing themselves in Groningen. There is an estimated 9000 companies providing 123,000 jobs in the area, including Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobile, CSM Vierverlaten (sugar), and Hooghoudt (alcoholic beverages).
Archaelogical finds from the area date back to 3950-3720BC, all be it historians claim the first settlement in Groningen occurred around the 3rd century.
In the 13th century, a wall fortified the city and the inhabitants formally adopted the local dialect as common language. Groningen became an important trading post for northern Europe.
During the Dutch War of Independence (1568-1648), the Spanish reigned in Groningen. They were superseded by the Dutch forces led by William of Orange, who faced a serious challenge to their authority during an offensive iniated by the Bishop of Munster in the 1672 Third Anglo-Dutch War.
More recently during WWII, the city centre of Groningen was destroyed during an attack by German forces.
Things to do
The strange conglomeration of buildings located over three islands opposite the bus and train station is the Groninger Museum. The inconsistency in architecture, interior spaces and exhibitions – make it an intriguing place to visit.
Spending time exploring Groningen via the canals can offer a different perspective of the city. Alternatively, take the stairs for a birds eye view from the Martini Tower, locally known as ‘d’Olle Grieze’ (a comment on both the age and colour of the tower).
The local music festival scene keeps the locals satisfied, while bringing in many visitors to the city. The Eurosonic Noorderslag festival (January) is for lovers of energetic beats, while Noorderzon Open-Air Theatre Festival held over 11 days in August, expands its programme to include theatre, art, dance and comedy acts.
With around 40,000 residents being of non-Dutch heritage, Groningen is a city of internationals. Information on moving to, and living in Groningen is available from:
www.expatsingroningen.com/ and www.cityoftalent.nl/en
English speaking social groups are listed on these websites, with additional informal groups available through the universities and schools.
The International School of Groningen maintains two separate campuses. Children aged 4-12 can be enrolled at the Primary School at the Groningse Schoolvereniging. Older children can attend the intenational secondary school at Maartens College campus.
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