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The website Expat Leeuwarden aims to provide expats with a quick and easy reference guide to local information providers and services which cater to the city’s international residents.

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About Leeuwarden

Anyone who has visited Leeuwarden in Friesland, knows this northern region is much more than the Wadden Islands, black and white cows (Frisians), Elfstedentocht, and a strange Dutch dialect (Stadfries).

At the core of Leeuwarden is a medieval city enclosed by a system of canals originally constructed to protect the city against attack. Now days, this inner-city area is the main shopping, eating and entertainment zone for the city.

Leeuwarden is famous as being the starting and finishing point for Elfstedentocht, the 200km speed skating race over the frozen Frisian canals – possible when the temperature drops low enough for long enough.

In 2013, Leeuwarden was selected as European City of Culture for 2018, over competition from The Hague and Utrecht.

Brief History

Capital of the northern province of Friesland, Leeuwarden was established sometime in the second century AD along the shores of the Middelzee. Due to its location, Leeuwarden became a busy trade centre until the 15th century when the waterways became impassable by boat due to silt accumulation.

Leeuwarden is the hub of local government for Friesland. Local industries include banking (Friesland Bank); insurance (Achmea, Aegon); water technology; metal processing; and agriculture.

The current population of the local municipality is about 107,000 people. This number includes approximately 30,000 students attending various colleges and university campuses in Leeuwarden.

What to do

One of the main attractions of living in this northern province is the availability of watersports like sailing, rowing, surfing and swimming. Renting a small boat to enjoy a day of exploring the canals with a picnic onboard– is a simple pleasure easily achieved in Leeuwarden.

With a large student population, Leeuwarden is the ideal city to host music festivals. Of note are – Welcome to the Village (3 days in July), and MadNess (3 days in July and including skating and surfing events).

As expected from a city of this size, Leeuwarden also provides cinemas, theatres, libraries – and some good museums including the Natuurmuseum Fryslan specifically aimed at engaging children.

Expat Leeuwarden

Although there is a large non-Dutch contingency living in Friesland, there are no international schools in the city. The local government website contains vast amounts of information on living in the area – yet this is only available in Dutch.

Connect International (http://www.connect-int.org/home.php) offers a wealth of information and help.

Paddy O’Ryan is the city’s sole Irish pub. A mainstay for expat activities, the bar moved to Tweebaksmarkt in 2009, and now offers weekly music quizzes, open mic nights, and a changing line-up of musical guests.

English speaking social groups in the area include: http://www.meetup.com/cultiL/and http://www.toastmasters.nl/clubs/stenden/

Other Cities

Expat Leeuwarden has the following partner websites:

Expat Amstelveen http://www.expatamstelveen.com
Expats in Almere http://www.expatsinalmere.com
Expats in Amsterdam http://www.expatsinamsterdam.com
Expat Arnhem http://www.expatarnhem.com
Expat Breda http://www.expatbreda.com
Expats in Delft http://www.expatsindelft.com
Expats in Eindhoven http://www.expatsineindhoven.com
Expat Enschede http://www.expatenschede.com
Expats in Groningen http://www.expatsingroningen.com
Expats in Haarlem http://www.expatsinhaarlem.com
Expat Hilversum http://www.expathilversum.com
Expat Leeuwarden http://www.expatleeuwarden.com
Expats in Leiden http://www.expatsinleiden.com
Expats in Maastricht http://www.expatsinmaastricht.com
Expats in Nijmegen http://www.expatsinnijmegen.com
Expats in Rotterdam http://www.expatsinrotterdam.com
Expats in The Hague http://www.expatsinthehague.com
Expats in Tilburg http://www.expatsintilburg.com
Expats in Utrecht http://www.expatsinutrecht.com
Expat Wassenaar http://www.expatwassenaar.com


If you want to advertise your services and goods to internationals and expats in Leeuwarden, you can make the most of your advertising budget by using the local Expat Leeuwarden service. This simple website enables you to target expats directly, without wasting your cash on a national advertising campaign.

If you are a small firm in Leeuwarden, the Expat Leeuwarden service will help you to reach internationals for as little as €2 a week.

Leeuwarden law firms concentrating on expats, housing companies in Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden language schools, childcare services, relocation agencies and Leeuwarden tax advisors can all benefit from the Expats Leeuwarden.

Expats also need other services which Leeuwarden companies have to offer. Think renting a car in Leeuwarden or finding a Leeuwarden plumbers. Expat Leeuwarden can help every sort of company reach the city’s international population.

Expats in Leeuwarden is operated by the Dutch News BV group.

Find out more about advertising your Leeuwarden schools to learn Dutch, a Leeuwarden housing agency or law practice by contacting advertising@dutchnews.nl