International Welcome Center North

International Welcome Center North

The Dutch provinces in the north have seen immense growth and development over the last decade, and the region is one of the fastest growing parts of the country. Investment in the area has increased largely due to the Northern Netherlands Provinces alliance (Samenswerkingsverband Nord Nederland – SNN) which has attracted nearly EUR 1.5 billion of EU development funding since 2000. This in on top of more than EUR 1.2 billion of foreign investment (NOM Foreign Direct Investment) in new projects which has created thousands of new jobs.

These more rural provinces of the Netherlands have traditionally had a strong agricultural sector, but there are a number of other key growing industries including healthcare, energy, technology and life sciences. There are approximately 600 international companies operating in the northern Netherlands, including many Dutch and German multinationals as well as US giants such as IBM and Google.

Expats looking for skilled work will find many opportunities, particularly in metropolitan areas. The city of Groningen – the capital of Groningen province – is the largest city in northern Netherlands with a research university and vast student population. Leeuwarden, with its ancient architectural delights, is the economic hub of Friesland. Assen, the capital of Drenthe, is the fastest-growing city in the region, with strong healthcare and service sectors.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur, there is a subsidy scheme in the region for people looking to start up small or medium-sized businesses

Citizens from EU/EFTA nations can move freely to the northern Netherlands to look for work. Those from outside the EU/EFTA will need to apply for the relevant work permit, like they would anywhere else in the country.

The northern Netherlands provinces of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe offer a Dutch experience with a unique flavour and at a gentler pace. The region is growing thanks to recent investment, and there are many opportunities for expats interested in relocating to the Netherlands. The International Welcome Center North (IWCN), a one-stop shop offering services, advice and events for expats in the northern Netherlands, explains why there has never been a better time to move to one of the top Dutch regions.

Top Dutch talent Project 2018 2019

The Northern Netherlands has around 53,000 international people (including 10,000 students) and there is an increasing demand for highly skilled workers. Top Dutch Talent aims to connect international talent in the three Northern provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe more effectively with international companies. Multiple organisations and governments are involved!

The Top Dutch Talent project aims to build an interactive, innovative platform to help unite internationally-oriented talent in the North to innovative Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We want to build a job portal, insight in the huge amount of international companies in the north and an overview of all the career events and much more!

The first parts of the platform are already up and running!, take a look at:

  • The Northern Times, with news and insight on the Northern Netherlands
  • Here and Now. With theatre, cinema, music, activities to go to!

At the end of 2018, a first working Job portal and top Dutch talent platform is expected to be online for all the internationals and SME’s in the North.