|Province of the Netherlands|
|Anthem: "Grönnens Laid"
"Song of Groningen"
Location of Groningen in the Netherlands
|• King's Commissioner||Max van den Berg (PvdA)|
|• Total||2,960 km2 (1,140 sq mi)|
|• Land||2,325 km2 (898 sq mi)|
|• Water||635 km2 (245 sq mi)|
|Area rank||7th nationally|
|Population (1 January 2014)|
|• Rank||9th nationally|
|• Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||8th nationally|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NL-GR|
Groningen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣroːnɪŋən] ( ); Gronings: Grönnen; West Frisian: Grinslân) is the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands. In the east it borders the German state of Niedersachsen (districts of Leer and Emsland), in the south Drenthe, in the west Friesland and in the north the Wadden Sea. In 2014, it had a population of 582,640 and a total area of 2,960 km2 (1,140 sq mi).
The area was subsequently part of Frisia, the Frankish Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Dutch Republic, which is the precursor state of the Netherlands. In the 14th century, the city of Groningen became a member of the Hanseatic League.
The capital of the province and the seat of the provincial government is the city of Groningen. Since 2007, Max van den Berg is the King's Commissioner in the province. A coalition of the Labour Party, People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, Democrats 66, and ChristianUnion forms the executive branch. The province is divided into 23 municipalities.
The land is mainly used for agriculture. There are sea ports in Delfzijl and Eemshaven. The Groningen gas field was discovered in 1959. It is home to the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences.
During the Middle Ages, central control was remote, and the city of Groningen acted as a city-state, exerting a dominating influence on the surrounding Ommelanden. In the 14th century, Groningen became one of the towns within the Hanseatic League.
Around 1500, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor gave Groningen and Friesland to Albert III, Duke of Saxony, who could however not establish permanent control. In 1514/15 Groningen came to the Duchy of Guelders, and in 1536 as the Lordship of Groningen to the Habsburg Netherlands.
In 1594, Groningen was conquered by the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, precursor state of the Netherlands, to which it belonged henceforth.
During World War II, the Netherlands were occupied by Nazi Germany. In April 1945, the 2nd Canadian Division fought in the Battle of Groningen, which resulted in the liberation of the city and in the death of 130, the capture of 5,212, and the fleeing of 2,000 German soldiers. In May 1945, another 3,000 German soldiers were captured in the Battle of Delfzijl by the 5th Canadian Division, after which all of the northern provinces were liberated.
East Groningen was the scene of a particularly fierce class struggle in the 19th and 20th centuries. Perhaps not coincidentally, Groningen boasts the only municipality (Beerta) where the Communist Party of the Netherlands has ever had a mayor (Hanneke Jagersma).
Groningen is situated in the northeast of the Netherlands with to the west the province Friesland, to the south the province Drenthe, to the east the German districts Leer and Emsland in the state Lower Saxony, and to the north the North Sea, Ems, and Dollart. The northernmost point of the Netherlands is on Rottumerplaat at and the easternmost point of the Netherlands is in Bad Nieuweschans at .
Groningen is the 7th largest province of the Netherlands. It has a total area of 2,960 km2 (1,140 sq mi), with 2,325 km2 (898 sq mi) of land and 635 km2 (245 sq mi) of water. About 80% of the land or 1,876 km2 (724 sq mi) is used for agriculture. The rest of the land is: 9% or 158 km2 (61 sq mi) of built-up or semi built-up area, 6% or 144 km2 (56 sq mi) of nature, 3% or 66 km2 (25 sq mi) of infrastructure, and 2% or 43 km2 (17 sq mi) of recreational area.
The Groningen gas field near Slochteren is the 8th largest natural gas field in the world. Since 1986, the exploitation of this gas field caused earthquakes in the region with magnitudes up to 3.6.
In the Wadden Sea of Groningen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009, are the large sandbank Simonszand and the natural reserve Rottum consisting of the three uninhabited islands Rottumeroog, Rottumerplaat, and Zuiderduintjes. The national park Lauwersmeer (IUCN category II) is located on the border between Groningen and Frisia.
The province of Groningen is also called Stad en Ommeland, which means the city of Groningen and its surrounding lands. These historical regions are Fivelgo, Gorecht, Hunsingo, Oldambt, Westerkwartier, and Westerwolde.
The province is also divided into 23 municipalities with each their own local government. There are plans to merge these municipalities into six new municipalities in 2018. Currently, Groningen is the most populated and most densely populated municipality, containing the largest city, and Eemsmond is the largest municipality, containing a large part of the Wadden Sea in the province.
|Appingedam||12049||24.58 km2 (9.49 sq mi)||507 /km2 (1,310 /sq mi)|
|Bedum||10475||44.96 km2 (17.36 sq mi)||235 /km2 (610 /sq mi)|
|Bellingwedde||8908||110.08 km2 (42.50 sq mi)||82 /km2 (210 /sq mi)|
|Boer, TenTen Boer||7465||45.73 km2 (17.66 sq mi)||165 /km2 (430 /sq mi)|
|Delfzijl||25686||227.50 km2 (87.84 sq mi)||193 /km2 (500 /sq mi)|
|Eemsmond||15910||543.35 km2 (209.79 sq mi)||84 /km2 (220 /sq mi)|
|Groningen||198108||83.75 km2 (32.34 sq mi)||2,538 /km2 (6,570 /sq mi)|
|Grootegast||12193||87.74 km2 (33.88 sq mi)||141 /km2 (370 /sq mi)|
|Haren||18790||50.73 km2 (19.59 sq mi)||412 /km2 (1,070 /sq mi)|
|Hoogezand-Sappemeer||34360||72.99 km2 (28.18 sq mi)||515 /km2 (1,330 /sq mi)|
|Leek||19607||64.28 km2 (24.82 sq mi)||310 /km2 (800 /sq mi)|
|Loppersum||10181||111.99 km2 (43.24 sq mi)||92 /km2 (240 /sq mi)|
|Marne, DeDe Marne||10205||240.33 km2 (92.79 sq mi)||61 /km2 (160 /sq mi)|
|Marum||10350||64.89 km2 (25.05 sq mi)||160 /km2 (410 /sq mi)|
|Menterwolde||12250||81.62 km2 (31.51 sq mi)||152 /km2 (390 /sq mi)|
|Oldambt||38558||295.96 km2 (114.27 sq mi)||169 /km2 (440 /sq mi)|
|Pekela||12733||50.20 km2 (19.38 sq mi)||259 /km2 (670 /sq mi)|
|Slochteren||15535||158.87 km2 (61.34 sq mi)||103 /km2 (270 /sq mi)|
|Stadskanaal||32793||119.94 km2 (46.31 sq mi)||279 /km2 (720 /sq mi)|
|Veendam||27795||78.68 km2 (30.38 sq mi)||365 /km2 (950 /sq mi)|
|Vlagtwedde||15899||170.55 km2 (65.85 sq mi)||95 /km2 (250 /sq mi)|
|Winsum||13843||102.53 km2 (39.59 sq mi)||137 /km2 (350 /sq mi)|
|Zuidhorn||18767||128.37 km2 (49.56 sq mi)||149 /km2 (390 /sq mi)|
|Climate data for Nieuw Beerta (1981–2010 averages)|
|Average high °C (°F)||4.7
|Daily mean °C (°F)||2.3
|Average low °C (°F)||−0.2
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||N/A||N/A||134.3||187.2||222.4||208.4||215.8||189.9||149.3||120.1||60.3||59.6||N/A|
|Percent possible sunshine||N/A||N/A||36||45||45||41||42||42||39||37||23||25||N/A|
|Source: Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute|
On 1 January 2014, the province of Groningen had a population of 582,640 and a population density of 196.8 /km2 (510 /sq mi). It is the 9th most populous province and 8th most densily populated province of the Netherlands. The city of Groningen is the most populous city in the province and the 7th most populous city in the Netherlands.
On 1 January 2013, 92.2% of the total provincial population was born in the Netherlands; and of the 7.8% that was born abroad, the ten most common foreign countries of origin are the neighbour Germany (1.09%), the former colonies and dependencies Indonesia (0.60%), Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (0.55%), Suriname (0.54%), and other countries Turkey (0.41%), Soviet Union (0.36%), China (0.32%), Poland (0,26%), Yugoslavia (0.26%), and United Kingdom (0.18%).
In 1999, a 59% majority of the population of Groningen was not affiliated with any religion; 29% was Protestant (15% Reformed and 14% Dutch Reformed; since 2004 united in Protestant Church in the Netherlands), 7% was Roman Catholic (Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden), and 6% had another religion.
The city of Groningen is the economic center of the province. In the 14th century, the city became a member of the Hanseatic League. Currently some of the city's major employers are University Medical Center Groningen with 10,949 employees, University of Groningen with 5,238 employees, Municipality of Groningen with 3,485 employees, Education Implementation Service (DUO) with 2,000 employees, and Gasunie with 1,457 employees.
The other economically important area is the Eemsdelta with the sea ports of Delfzijl and Eemshaven. In 2012, a total of 9,199 cargo vessels arrived at the two Groningen Seaports combined, 4,593 sea vessels and 4,606 inland vessels. The ports had a cargo throughput of 8,705,000 tonnes. The chemical industry near Delfzijl is located at the Chemie Park in Farmsum, with factories of AkzoNobel, Lubrizol, and Teijin Aramid. Both GDF Suez and Nuon Energy have a natural gas-fired power plant in Eemshaven, and RWE and Essent are building a coal-fired power plant there.
Groningen is home to the Low Saxon dialect called Gronings (Grönnegs / Grunnegs in Gronings regional language), with local nuances. Nowadays, many inhabitants of the province don't speak the dialect, especially in the city of Groningen where many outsiders have moved.
Museumhuis Groningen is an umbrella organization for museums and other heritage organizations in the province of Groningen and has 58 members. The Groninger Museum is the most visited museum in the province with 197,517 visitors (2013). The other museums and heritage organizations with more than 25 thousand visitors in 2013 are Fort Bourtange in Bourtange, Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren, Nederlands Stripmuseum in Groningen, Ter Apel Monastery in Ter Apel, and Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum in Groningen.
Martinitoren, icon of the provincial capital of Groningen
Der Aa-kerk in Groningen
Hanging kitchens of Appingedam
Star fort of Bourtange
Windmill Goliath in Eemshaven
Strawboard factory in Scheemda
FC Groningen from the city of Groningen is the only football club from the province in the Eredivisie. Their home stadium Euroborg has a capacity of 22,550 seats. In the 2012–2013 competition, FC Groningen became 7th of the 18 teams. SC Veendam played in the Eerste Divisie, but filed for bankruptcy in 2013.
A provincial government in the Netherlands consists of a Provincial Council, the directly elected legislative branch, and a Provincial Executive, the executive branch. The King's Commissioner is chairman of both branches. In Groningen, the Provincial Council consists of 43 members and the Provincial Executive consists of the King's Commissioner and six deputies. The government has its seat in the city of Groningen, which is the provincial capital.
Max van den Berg, member of the Labour Party, is the King's Commissioner in Groningen since 2007. In the last provincial elections in 2011, the Labour Party became the largest party with 25% of the votes. Following the elections, a coalition was formed by the Labour Party (PvdA), the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Democrats 66 (D66), and GreenLeft (GL). In 2013, GreenLeft left the coalition and was replaced by the ChristianUnion (CU).
|People's Party for Freedom and Democracy||34,701||13.17||+1.48||6||+1|
|Christian Democratic Appeal||31,517||11.96||-7.42||5||-4|
|Party for Freedom||20,373||7.73||+7.73||3||+3|
|Party for the North||8,312||3.2||-0.49||1||0|
|Party for the Animals||5,601||2.13||-0.03||1||0|
In the province of Groningen, there are three national roads (Dutch: rijkswegen), which are maintained by Rijkswaterstaat. The motorway A7 (E22) connects the city of Groningen with the provinces of Friesland and North Holland in the west and with Winschoten and Germany in the east. The motorway is interrupted for the ring road of the city of Groningen, where it is the expressway N7. The motorway A28 (E232) starts at the city of Groningen and runs south connecting it with the provinces of Drenthe, Overijssel, Gelderland, and Utrecht. The expressway N33 runs south from Eemshaven, via Appingedam and Veendam, to Drenthe. Other roads are overseen by the province (N roads), municipalities, or water boards.
Public transport falls under the rules for government procurement in the European Union. Tenders for regional bus and railway services are selected by the province of Groningen. Qbuzz is contracted for bus services in the period 2009–2015 and Arriva for railway services in the period 2005–2020. Nederlandse Spoorwegen operates the railway services from Groningen railway station southward to Drenthe and beyond.
The railway network in the Netherlands is maintained by ProRail. There are six railways located partially or entirely in the province of Groningen. The railway station Groningen connects several of these railways.
|Trajectory||Railway stations in Groningen|
|Groningen–Delfzijl||Groningen – Groningen Noord – Sauwerd – Bedum – Stedum – Loppersum – Appingedam – Delfzijl West – Delfzijl|
|Harlingen–Nieuweschans||Friesland – Grijpskerk – Zuidhorn – Groningen – Groningen Europapark – Kropswolde – Martenshoek – Hoogezand-Sappemeer – Sappemeer Oost – Zuidbroek – Scheemda – Winschoten – Bad Nieuweschans|
|Ihrhove–Nieuweschans||Germany – Bad Nieuweschans|
|Meppel–Groningen||Drenthe – Haren – Groningen Europapark – Groningen|
|Sauwerd–Roodeschool||Sauwerd – Winsum – Baflo – Warffum – Usquert – Uithuizen – Uithuizermeeden – Roodeschool|
|Stadskanaal–Zuidbroek||Veendam – Zuidbroek|
The international airport that serves Groningen is Groningen Airport Eelde, which is located in Eelde in the province of Drenthe. The airport is co-owned by the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe and the municipalities of Groningen, Assen, and Tynaarlo. Its summer destinations are Antalya, Faro, Girona, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, and Tenerife. Its winter destinations are Innsbruck and Salzburg. Starting on 5 June 2014, there will also be flights to London. For other international destinations, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the nearest airport. The general aviation airports in the province are Oostwold Airport in Oostwold and Stadskanaal Airfield in Stadskanaal.
Science and education
The University of Groningen in the city of Groningen was founded in 1614 and is the only research university (universiteit) in the province. On 1 September 2013, it had 29,407 students and 5,238 full-time equivalent of staff members. The university has ten faculties: Arts, Behavioural and Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Spatial Sciences, Theology and Religious Studies, and University College Groningen.
The Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the NHL University of Applied Sciences, and the Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the city of Groningen are the province's publicly funded universities of applied sciences (hogescholen).
Dagblad van het Noorden is a regional daily newspaper based in the city of Groningen. It was founded in 2002 by merging Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, Groninger Dagblad, and Drentse Courant. In 2013, the newspaper had a circulation of 117,028.
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Groningen (province).|
- Province of Groningen, official website
- Groningen Tourism, official tourism website
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|Friesland||Lower Saxony (DE)|