Groningen (province)

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Groningen
Groningen / Grunnen / Grönnen
Province
Quintusbos (municipality of Groningen)
Quintusbos (municipality of Groningen)
Flag of Groningen
Coat of arms of Groningen
Map: Province of Groningen in the NetherlandsSouth HollandNorth HollandFrieslandGroningenDrentheFlevolandOverijsselGelderlandUtrechtLimburgNorth BrabantZeeland (province)
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Location
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Coordinates: 53°15′N 6°44′E / 53.250°N 6.733°E / 53.250; 6.733
CountryNetherlands
Established1815
SeatGroningen
Area
 • Total2,960 km2 (1,140 sq mi)
 • Land2,324 km2 (897 sq mi)
 • Water636 km2 (246 sq mi)
Highest elevation
14 m (46 ft)
Lowest elevation
−2 m (−7 ft)
Population
 (2021)
 • Total587,000
 • Density253/km2 (660/sq mi)
Websitewww.provinciegroningen.nl

Groningen is a province in the Northeast of the Netherlands. At the east is the German region Lower Saxony, in the south is Drenthe, in the west is Friesland (or Fryslân in Frisian) and in the north is the Wadden Sea. About 587,000 people are living in Groningen (2021).

The capital of Groningen is also called Groningen. People from Groningen often call Groningen City "stad" ("city") and the rest of the province "Ommelanden" (which means something like "surrounding lands").

Important sources of income are agriculture and natural gas extraction Slochteren.

Noticeable things in Groningen are the Gronings dialect, which is related to Low Saxon, and the strong support for the communist party in the Northeastern part of the province.

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