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Rotterdam Facts and Figures

Rotterdam Facts and Figures in a Nutshell

Published on : 21-12-2012, 15:18 by Perfect Housing

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and the largest port in Europe. It is located in the west of the country, at the end of the Rhine delta on the banks of the Nieuwe Maas.

The city's port grew slowly but steadily thanks to its ideal location and became one of the Dutch East India Company's key seats.

Rotterdam was all but destroyed during the Second World War. The heart of the city was levelled, leaving more than 80,000 people without homes. The process of rebuilding was long and slow, but by the end of the previous century the city had redefined itself as a hotbed for daring and breath-taking modern architecture.

Today Rotterdam is a dynamic and international city. Nearly half the city's population is non-Dutch, with a significant portion hailing from non-Western countries.


Country: Netherlands 

Province: South Holland

Area (2012): 

Total: 319 km² (123.2 sq mi) 

Land: 206 km² (79.5 sq mi) 

Water: 113 km² (43.6 sq mi)

Population (1 february 2012) 

Total: 617,347

Density: 2,850/km² (7400/sq mi)

Source: Wikipedia / Rotterdam

Check our general Rotterdam expat page for more usefull guides and articles. 

Useful links:

City facts and figures - A comprehensive set of statistics published by the city of Rotterdam 

Wikipedia – Detailed historical and current information about Rotterdam

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