Groningen: city, municipality and province
Groningen is the capital of the province of the same name, which numbered approximately 587 thousand inhabitants in 2022. One of the most sparsely regions of the country, only Zeeland, Flevoland and Drenthe had fewer inhabitants than Groningen that year. The municipality Groningen as well as the province saw a positive population development in this period: between 2009 and 2022, the province’s population increased. This is also in line with the general demographic trend in the Netherlands, as the country experienced year on year population growth in the last decade.
Groningen, pride of the north?
A rural region far away from the country’s Randstad center, many inhabitants of the province feel strongly connected to their home turf. In a recent survey, nearly 70 percent of ‘Groningers’ – as the inhabitants of Groningen are called – stated to feel strongly connected to their province. The same survey found that Groningers were also generally very proud of their province – although not quite at the same level of their Frisian neighbors, who topped the ranking. The mentality of the people, the nature as well as the capital’s scenic old town were among the most-frequently mentioned reasons to be proud of Groningen. By contrast, few Groningers took pride in local football team FC Groningen or in specific regional dishes.