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Groningen (city)

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Groningen is the capital city of the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. It is nationally known as the Metropolis of the North, and is with a population of 185,000 by far the largest city in that area. Groningen is a city with a diverse industry and economy and a lot of cultural institutions and activities. It boasts a remarkable large student population approximately is 40,000, which gives the city a young and vibrant atmosphere. The population of the city in 2005 was 181,000, the density is 2,274 per square kilometers, and area 83.69 square kilometers.
The city was founded on the northernmost point of the Hondsrug area. The most ancient written document pointing out that Groningen's existence emanates from the year 1040. However, it is widely known the city already existed a long time before that year, for the oldest archaeological traces found are believed to stem from the years 3950-3720 BC and the first real civilization in Groningen has been traced back to the third century.
Groningen has been called the World Cycling City since nearly 50 percent of journeys within the city are made by bicycle. The city is very suitable for those who want to get around without a car, as it has an extensive cycle network, good public transport services, and a large pedestrianized zone in the city centre.
A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Groningen is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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