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About Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and the largest port in Europe. Starting as a dam on the Rotte river, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe means that Rotterdam is often called the Gateway to Europe.

Located in the Province of South Holland, Rotterdam is in the west of the Netherlands and at the south of the Randstad. The population of the city proper was 603,425 in March 2010. The population of the greater Rotterdam area, called "Rotterdam-Rijnmond" or just "Rijnmond", is around 1.3 million people. Rotterdam is one of Europe's most vibrant and multicultural cities.

Rotterdam Administration

Rotterdam is run by a city council and the Municipal Executive Committee which comprises of the Mayor and Aldermen. The city council of Rotterdam consists of 45 members and is elected by the people of ...

Rotterdam Culture

Alongside Porto, Rotterdam was European Capital of Culture in 2001. The city has its own orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with its world famous musical director Yannick ...

Architecture and skyline

The city of Rotterdam is reknowned for its modern and post-modern architecture. The Nazi destruction of the city center during World War II gave Rotterdam a clean slate with which the city embraced radical new ...

Rotterdam Economy

As one of the world's leading ports (and, until the last decade, the leading port), Rotterdam is foremost a port city. It is far from solely a port city, however, as other industries still make up 60% of the ...

Rotterdam Demographics

In the Netherlands, Rotterdam has the highest percentage of foreigners from non-industrialised nations. Nearly 50% of the population are not native to the Netherlands or have at least one parent born ...

Rotterdam Climate

The climate in Rotterdam, is quite temperate and agreeable. The summer weather in Rotterdam is rarely over hot and it is unlikely that you will become uncomfortable during July and August, the hottest ...

Rotterdam Geography

Rotterdam, Netherlands, a city in South Holland province. It is on the Nieuwe Maas River, at the delta of the Rhine and Maas rivers, about 22miles (35 km) from the North Sea. Rotterdam is Europe's leading ...

Rotterdam History

Rotterdam has a rich history, mainly focused on its importance as a port. The city became increasingly important during the war with Spain in the 16th century, when Antwerp and Amsterdam were inaccessible. ...