How do I contact emergency services like the police?
The most important number to memorize and to always have at hand is this, 112! Calling this number will connect you to the emergency operator, who will then take care of all further actions. Always have this number in your mobile phone. Regardless if the emergency would involve the police, the fire department or the ambulance, this number must be your #1 call! 112, always remember that number!
In the hopefully rare case of ever having to contact the police, you can find the main department in the street Rademarkt 12, very close to the city centre. Get directions The main page of the website is in English and contains important issues. The department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can also be reached by phone: +31 - 0900-8844. In general, all police officers have a high level of English and are very willing to help you with any problem. Smaller departments can be found in the street Korreweg 3.Get directions opening times
, as well as in the street Diamantlaan 168 Get directions website and in the street Parkallee 20 Get directions website
Like the main police department, the fire department is operating 24/7. It is located in the street Sontweg 10 Get directions and can be reached (for non-emergency reasons) at this number: +31 – (0)503674777. Despite the website only being available in Dutch, it gives some useful information on how to avoid/prevent a fire.
For emergencies, we urge you to call 112 immediately!
In case of an emergency, we advise you to call 112 immediately!
The city of Groningen has the best hospitals in the entire region and has recently even increased its reputation. The newly built UMCG (Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen) is located at the street Hanzeplein 1. Get directions For information, please visit the website or call one of the following numbers: +31 - (0)50 361 61 61 or +31 - (0)50 361 33 00.
The other, highly recommended hospital in Groningen is the Martini Ziekenhuis, located in the street Van Swietenplein 1. Get directions Easily approachable by bus no. 2 to “De Punt” (disembark on station “van Swietenplein”). For additional information, call: +31 - (0)50 524 52 45.
Where can I find a Pharmacy or Family doctor?
In case you need to find a pharmacy, you can check out the following website and type in your postcode to get the address of the nearest pharmacy:
Finding a doctor
Need to see a doctor really quick? Then go to doktersdienstgroningen.nl and call 0900-9229 and you will be directed to the next doctor by the Doktordienst. Do not call this number if you are running low on painkillers or need a prescription. For that, please consult a pharmacy.
Family Doctor and Dentist
In case you are planning to stay in Groningen for a longer period, it is advisable to find a family doctor (general practitioner). Under the following link, which unfortunately only comes in Dutch, you find a list of all family doctors in Groningen, including phone number, address and opening hours:
I need a dentist, where can I find one in Groningen?
Under the following link, which unfortunately only comes in Dutch, you find a list of all dentists in Groningen, including phone number, address and opening hours:stadsbron.groningen.nl
What if my pet needs a doctor?
Where can I find my Consulate?
Consulates in the city of Groningen
6 European countries have consulates in the city of Groningen. In case you hold the
nationality of one of these countries (Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, France and
Norway), you can consult them for any legal issues.
Further information and directions can be found here
When are the public holidays in Groningen
Public Holidays in the Netherlands
Below you find an overview about the public holidays within the Netherlands. Where
possible, the exact dates are given. The remaining ones are depended upon the lunar
1st – Nieuwsjaardag (New Year’s Day)
Goede Vrijdag (Good Friday) – the Friday before Easter
Eerste Paasdag (Easter) – Easter
Tweede Paasdag (Easter Monday) – the Monday after easter
30th - Koninginnendag (Queen’s Day)
Hemelvaartdag (Ascension Day) – 40 days after Easter
Eerste Pinksterdag (Pentecost) – 50 days after Easter
Tweede Pinksterdag (Pentecost) – The Monday after “Eerste Pinksterdag)
25th – Eerste Kerstdag (Christmas)
26th – Tweede Kerstdag (Christmas)
Do I need to speak Dutch to live in the Netherlands?
No, in general the Dutch speak English quite well. At most places like supermarkets, the university, stores and even the middle of the street you can address persons in English. Be sure to asks them if they speak English before asking them complicated questions. Furthermore, some Dutch inhabitants understand some German and French, but most won’t be able to have a conversation in these languages.
Do I need a work permit to get a job?
People from EU country do not need a work permit to work in the Netherlands. A EU inhabitant does need a residence document in some occasions. You apply for a residence document at the local government office.
According to Nuffic ‘If you are a foreign student (non-EU/EEA/Swiss) and you have a valid residence permit with the aim to study, you can work alongside your studies. This can be either full-time seasonal work in June, July and August, or part-time work of no more than ten hours a week outside the summer period.’ More information is available on:nuffic.nl
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