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Municipality of Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden is a dynamic and vibrant capital city, located in the Northern part of the Netherlands in the prosperous, agricultural province of Friesland, with many lush meadows and open water. With 107,000 inhabitants, Leeuwarden was once a royal residence and has a beautiful historical centre, a wealth of listed buildings, fun shops and relaxing terraces and canals.

University of Groningen, Campus Fryslân

With the opening of the University of Groningen’s Campus Fryslân in 2018, bringing University education back to the Province after a 200-year gap. The Campus is housed in a exceptional building on the Wirdumerdijk, and offers a range of multi-disciplinary and real-world oriented Bachelor’s and Master’s courses, as well as hosting PhD and post-doc researchers.

For more information, check out the Campus website


Located in an architecturally significant building just outside the city centre is Wetsus, the European centre for excellend in water use and management. Over 100 researchers at all levels work on globally-relevant questions of water use, purification, and finding innovative ways of solving problems caused by climate change.

For more information, check out the Wetsus website

European Capital of Culture 2018
It comes as no surprise that Leeuwarden was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2018. Even now that the Cultural Capital year is in the past, there are plenty of legacy events going on weekly.

The city of Leeuwarden is the start and finish of the Frisian Eleven-city long distance skating tour (Elfstedentocht) with fascinating museums, over 1000 monuments, special boutiques and spectacular events. An extraordinary church tower, the ‘Oldenhove’, originated in 1529 and has its story of why it leans more than the tower of Pisa in Italy.

Another important feature as a center of trading in the north is the ‘Waag’, which was built in 1590. This is a historical building where products were weighed before being sold on the market.

Leeuwarden also hosts the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, the Water Campus for Research and Development of Water Technology, and the Dairy Campus, thus confirming it as the perfect location to hold the first International Precision Dairy Farming Conference.

Many historical figures originate from Leeuwarden, such as M.C Escher, Mata Hari, the ancestor of the current Dutch Royal family Princess Maria Louise, poets, novelists, romantic authors and more.

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