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Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. With a population of 195,800 (1 January 2013), it is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands. An ancient city, Groningen was the regional power of the northern Netherlands, a semi-independent city-state and member of the German Hanseatic League. Groningen is a university city: the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences each have about 25,000 students.