Workforce and Education

  • One of the most highly educated, motivated and flexible workforces in Europe.
  • Dutch professionals are also among the most multilingual in the world.
  • Vast majority of the Dutch population speaks English and in the border areas with Germany, people also speak German.
  • Good work ethics and low level of sick leave.
  • Low strike rate.
  • The University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as one of the oldest and leading research universities in Europe.
  • Specialized Knowledge Institutes: University of Applied Sciences, Information Technology & chemistry, Energy Academy, Wetsus, Dairy Campus, the UMCG (top academic hospital with a focus on healthy ageing), Energy Valley, Northern Netherlands Offshore Wind (NNOW), Green Data Port.
  • Colleges in Groningen, Leeuwarden and Emmen attract students from outside the region, nationally as well as internationally. They offer degrees  at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels in virtually every field, many of them completely taught in English. More and more students stay in the region to be part of our workforce.

Brochure: Skills and Knowledge


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Netherlands in top 10 in the world for Cooperation in Labor-employer relations – Global Competitiveness Index 2015 – 2016