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Welcome to the Northern Netherlands! Discover everything you need to know to make this beautiful region your new home.
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News from the North
The International Film Festival Assen (IFA) is back for its 44th edition, bringing female film filmmakers to the spotlight. The IFA is one of the oldest film festivals in Europe that prioritises stories that revolve around women’s perspectives and bring to light discussions of gender roles and stereotypes. In addition to the screenings of films […]
The song is mostly in Dutch, and very different from the songs the Netherlands sent over the years. Klein says on Instagram that the song is a tribute to his dad, who passed away when he was in his first year of secondary school. The song refers to difficult periods in his life. Shortly after […]
The use of air raid sirens to alert citizens of disasters and crises will be phased out and replaced by NL-Alert by the end of next year, outgoing minister of Justice and Security, Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius (VVD) said in a letter to parliament last week. The air raid sirens, part of the warning and alarm system […]
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.
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!”
“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.”
“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!”
“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!”