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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).



News from the North

The Northern Times

  • The Northern Times

    World Press Photo Groningen to end with a flourish with ‘finissage’ event

    December 6, 2019
    Things look better when you look twice By Thomas Ansell The World Press Photo exhibition has been at the Synagogue Groningen for around a month, and has welcomed hundreds of culture lovers to experience the best press photography taken in 2018. The e[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Residents of province of Drenthe receive most Christmas cards from all provinces in the Netherlands

    December 6, 2019
    Are inhabitants of the province of Drenthe the most popular Dutch people? Or the friendliest? That’s hard to say. But the fact is that residents of Drenthe receive the most Christmas cards of all Dutch provinces Drenthe is at the forefront R[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Rare golden jackal spotted in Drenthe for the first time

    December 6, 2019
    The small, wolf-like predator walked past a well-placed wildlife camera A golden jackal has been spotted for the first time in the province of Drenthe. The golden jackal looks like a wolf, and is genetically related, but is a lot smaller. The wolf[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Leeuwarden: a rather unexpected place

    December 6, 2019
    Ekaterina Netchitailova is an academic who recently moved to Leeuwarden. She has lived in four different countries and in a number of different cities, so how did the Frisian capital seem to a complete newcomer? This is the first in a three-part seri[...]


  • Free 20 minute tax consultation with Paping Belastingadvies – 13 January

    Free 20 minute tax consultation with Paping Belastingadvies – 13 January

    december 4, 2019

    On Monday, 13 January, Paping Belastingadvies (one of the IWCN Service Partners) will be offering free, 20 minute consultations on your Dutch tax questions at the IWCN. You must sign up to […]

  • Recruitment partner at IWCN – 8 January

    Recruitment partner at IWCN – 8 January

    december 3, 2019

    Senior Staffing|Recruit a Student employment agency has joined forces with the IWCN as a new Service Partner! A representative will be present at the IWCN every other Wednesday from 10:00 […]

  • PhD Day 2019

    november 28, 2019

    This year, the IWCN was again present at Groningen’s PhD Day, which was held on Friday 20 September, 2019. Across this informative day, the IWCN provided information about permits and […]

  • Dutch Customs and Culture Workshop- 4 October 2019

    november 28, 2019

    On 4 October 2019 the IWCN hosted a Dutch Customs and Culture Workshop at the IWCN offices in Groningen. In a simple, but highly entertaining way, visitors were run through […]



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