Nijmegen is a growing city, with more than 170,000 inhabitants and a population density of 3,000 inhabitants/km2. The city is located in the east of the Netherlands and is the largest city in the Arnhem- Nijmegen metropolitan area. A key focal point of the city is the river Waal which provides both significant challenges and opportunities for the city. Nijmegen is the oldest city of the Netherlands. Over two thousand years ago, the Romans settled on the hill overviewing the river. Nijmegen cherishes its historical treasures while simultaneously embracing renewal. Nijmegen’s abundant natural beauty, thanks to its riverside location, and its wide range of sporting and cultural activities make a diverse tourist destination.
According to the European Commission Nijmegen made it become European Green Capital 2018 thanks to our achievements in environmental, social and economic sustainability. Nijmegen has a broad perspective on sustainability, with ambitious goals including being climate neutral in 2045 and improving it’s already high-performance waste management system. This requires many long-term measures and the collaboration of various partners, including business and residents. “We want to reach these objectives together with our local stakeholders; we consider our inhabitants, entrepreneurs and knowledge institutions as integral to its environmental improvement, our green capital”.