Welcome to the North

We are here to support international newcomers in smoothly transitioning to living, working, and settling in the beautiful region of the Northern Netherlands.

Opening hours
Monday till Thursday from 9:30 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 16:30

Discover our beautiful region


Find out why nothing tops Groningen: a province of culture, history and higher education.
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With their rich history and their own unique language, Friesland or Fryslân is a special place in the North.
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Explore the natural beauty and innovative business sectors in the province of Drenthe.
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Did You Know?

European Elections

On June 6, the Netherlands is voting for their seats in the European Elections. If you’re living in the Netherlands, you can vote for who will join the European Parliament on behalf of the Netherlands. Here’s how to vote and how to register to vote.Register to vote before April 23rd!

New events every week

Padel Leeuwarden
Sat, 13th of July 2024 | Friesland

Padel Leeuwarden

Social Gatherings
Sports & Wellness

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Whether you're interested in cycling, cultural activities, social clubs, family-friendly outings, or informative events, we've got you covered.

News from the North

Code yellow weather for Dutch North this weekend

From noon on Friday until Saturday early afternoon, thunderstorms will be rocking Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe. The KNMI, the Dutch Meteorological Institute, has issued a code yellow warning. There’s also a chance a lot of rain could be coming down in a short period of time, which can lead to flooding in the area. People […]

About us

About Us

Feel at home in the North in just a few steps

We understand there are many things to take care of when getting settled in a new country.

That’s why it’s our mission to provide a welcoming space where you can take care of everything at one convenient location.


Years of experience


Great provinces


Internationals helped

We helped 35,000+ international people

“I have lived in several countries (USA, Germany, Russia, Egypt) but I have to say that I have had the best experience at the Welcome Center in Groningen. Thank you again!”

Muhamed Amin
Saudi Arabia

“How happy it makes me to learn that the flowers got there and that they brightened up everyone’s day! This was my goal.
You guys work hard, and I wanted to make sure you guys know that your work is meaningful and very well appreciated in the city.”

Kervin Zamora

“I would recommend the IWCN for new Internationals, who would like help finding their feet, but also for those who have been in the Northern Netherlands, as the information on offer is very extensive!”

Siddharta Omar

“The idea to have such an office to welcome foreigners is a formidable one and this is a good tangible result. I wish there had been such an office, and people like you, 13 years ago when we arrived. It would probably have made our lives so much better, especially the first years!”

Valerio Cugia

Founders and Supporters of IWCN

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