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The International Welcome Center North (IWCN) is a one-stop shop for international people living in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

We offer services in three areas:  government formalities (residence permits and municipal registration); information (practical information and referrals to reliable service providers); and events (a chance to start building a social and/or business network during events).

All of this happens at one location, and we are open five days per week from 10:00 to 17:00 (read more).


Career Event:  Make it in the North x Sustainable Future

Career Event: Make it in the North x Sustainable Future

  Event Date: February 11, 2020

After a fantastic first edition with 400 visitors in Groningen, Make it in the North is taking it’s English career event to Friesland! For Talent:  Join us on 11 February […]

Recruitment partner at IWCN – 22 January

Recruitment partner at IWCN – 22 January

  Event Date: January 22, 2020

Growing Global Meetup

Growing Global Meetup

  Event Date: January 30, 2020


News from the North

The Northern Times

  • The Northern Times

    House prices in Groningen rise at record-breaking pace

    January 21, 2020
    Supply is at a near all-time low Translated by Thomas Ansell Houses in Groningen will continue to rise in price, despite the province’s earlier position as a region with a relatively large supply of properties and low interest. The Central Bure[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Farmers protest: new demonstrations to be held on 21 March

    January 21, 2020
    More than 40 locations are planned Translated by Thomas Ansell Farmers around the Netherlands are preparing for more protests on March 21 this year, reports RTV Drenthe. The pressure group Agractie made the news known on Tuesday: the protests will ta[...]

  • The Northern Times

    “It’s a people’s world”: an interview with Elgar Feddema of Corlido Group

    January 21, 2020
    What does it mean to make it in the north? This is part of a series of portraits of local people, organisations, and companies working to further internationalise Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe. This time we spoke to Elgar Feddema, Sales Manager a[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Municipality of Noordoost-Fryslân named EU example of circularity

    January 21, 2020
    The Frisian economy is trying to become fully circular Translated by Thomas Ansell The municipality of Noordoost-Fryslân (centred around Dokkum) has been named one of five ‘example regions’ for a circular economy in the European Union. T[...]


  • IWCN Holiday Closures

    IWCN Holiday Closures

    November 24, 2019

    The IWCN will be closed for the holidays on the following dates:Monday 23 December 2019 through Sunday 5 January 2020.During this time, we will not be able to respond to […]

  • Brexit update 23 September

    Brexit update 23 September

    September 26, 2019

    The IND updated it’s information page on Brexit on 23 September 2019. UK citizens living in the Netherlands can read about what will happen with regards to their right to […]

  • New IWCN Welcome Guide

    New IWCN Welcome Guide

    September 26, 2019

    We are proud to announce that the 2019-2020 issue of the IWCN Welcome Guide to the North is hot off the presses! Come get your free new guide, full of […]

  • Startup in Residence

    Startup in Residence

    August 30, 2019

    Startups, Jedis and wizards wanted! Groningen is looking for ambitious startups to come up with new and innovative ways to tackle societal issues and urban challenges. Find your challenge, pitch […]



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