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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).

LATEST IWCN NEWS & EVENTS

EVENT
Free 20 minute tax consultation

Free 20 minute tax consultation

  Event Date: July 1, 2019

On Monday, 1 July, Paping Belastingadvies (one of our IWCN Service Partners) will be offering free, 20 minute consultations on your Dutch tax questions at the IWCN. You must sign up to […]

EVENT
Recruitment partner at IWCN

Recruitment partner at IWCN

  Event Date: June 19, 2019

Sign up opens 7 June for  Make it in the North

Sign up opens 7 June for Make it in the North

  News posted on: May 23, 2019

IWCN Closed 30 & 31 May

IWCN Closed 30 & 31 May

  News posted on: May 23, 2019

IWCN “Welcome News”

IWCN “Welcome News”

  News posted on: May 15, 2019

Changes to the civic integration ONA exam

Changes to the civic integration ONA exam

  News posted on: May 7, 2019

 

News from the North

The Northern Times

  • The Northern Times

    All of Terschellling becomes a stage during Oerol

    June 19, 2019
    On the Northern Dutch island of Terschelling, one of the most popular performing arts festivals in the Netherlands, Oerol, is in full swing through the 23rd of June. By Hans de Preter Comparable to Noorderzon in Groningen, the 2019 edition of the an[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Police detain three men in connection with wind turbine terrorism

    June 19, 2019
    On Wednesday morning, three men were taken into police custody for involvement with threats made to business owners connected to the wind turbine parks in the north. Translation by Traci White The Groninger Internet Courant reports that the suspects [...]

  • The Northern Times

    David Bowie musical “Lazarus” coming to MartiniPlaza in 2020

    June 19, 2019
    Following performances in Amsterdam in late 2019, MartiniPlaza will be putting on a limited run of “Lazarus”, a musical about David Bowie, in May of 2020. Translation by Traci White The Groninger Internet Courant reports that the musical, which p[...]

The Northern Times offers you all the latest news from the TopDutch region, which covers Friesland, Groningen, and Drenthe.

  • The Northern Times

    Leeuwarden out of the running to host Eurovision 2020

    June 19, 2019
    Due to the ceiling of the WTC Expo being deemed too low, the city of Leeuwarden is the first Dutch city to be ruled out as a potential host for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Translation by Traci White Alderperson Sjoerd Feitsma told the Leeuwarde[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Maarten van der Weijden’s Elfstedenzwemtocht: later start, Sloten cafes to close

    June 19, 2019
    Ex-Olympic swimmer Maarten van der Weijden’s second Elfstedenzwemtocht will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the Swettehaven in Leeuwarden, and dining establishments in the city of Sloten will be closed while Van Der Weijden swims through the city.[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Koen Schuiling (VVD) new mayor of Groningen

    June 18, 2019
    Former Groningen council member for the VVD Koen Schuiling was put forward to succeed Peter den Oudsten as the mayor of Groningen during a closed municipal council meeting on Monday night. Translation by Traci White The Groninger Internet Courant rep[...]

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