For many years, Leiden has been an international city as evidenced once more by recent data.
13.1% of Leiden residents have a foreign nationality, which is more than 1 in 8 city residents. Interestingly, the number of international residents in Leiden is also increasing, that is, Leiden residents with a non-Dutch nationality. Naturally, this number has risen again after COVID-19. There are 12,375 international employees in the city, and at Leiden University, 18.4% of the students are international students.
The areas of focus for internationalisation are both on the social level, where everyone counts, and on the economic class, where creating a favourable climate for businesses increases prosperity for everyone. Internationalisation offers opportunities for Leiden and all Leiden residents through an increase in international businesses and conferences, the effects of which increase prosperity and well-being, along with reducing job shortages.
The Municipality of Leiden has created an infographic on Leiden’s internationalisation with data from Leiden International Centre, Decisio, BRP, and Nuffic, which you can see by clicking the button below.