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Groningen

Find out why nothing tops Groningen: a province of culture, history and higher education.
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Friesland

With their rich history and their own unique language, Friesland or Fryslân is a special place in the North.
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Drenthe

Explore the natural beauty and innovative business sectors in the province of Drenthe.
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News from the North

Increasing number of Europeans who believe their region doesn’t count – cohesion policy chair

There’s an increasing number of Europeans who believe their region doesn’t count or matter, according to the chairperson of a cohesion policy specialist group Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Rodriguez-Pose was speaking during a presentation of a report from an independent Group of High-Level Specialists on the future of the EU’s Cohesion Policy, aimed at funding national programs […]

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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.

20+

Years of experience

3

Great provinces

35,000+

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
Honduras

“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
India

“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
Italy

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