The bombardment and reconstruction, and the drive to innovate that is used today to shape the city, all make Rotterdam a fascinating place to visit. Everything seems possible in Rotterdam. The Rotterdam mentality and DNA are best captured in words like international, entrepreneurial, raw and straight-forward.
Gateway to Europe
Rotterdam is a dynamic world city, internationally known as the 'gateway to Europe'. Our port is the hub of Europe's maritime cluster, but we also operate at global level in other economic sectors like Clean Tech, Life Sciences & Health, Energy, Agro-food, Transport & Logistics and Finance. Thanks to our many internationally acclaimed knowledge institutions, a flourishing international business community, high quality culture and architecture, a wide range of entertainment and leisure options and a very diverse population, Rotterdam offers everything in one.
Continues to reinvent itself
The city continues to reinvent itself at a rapid pace, redefining and expanding its already impressive skyline every time you visit. It presents new cultural and sporting events to surprise and delight you. Its ever-changing nature makes Rotterdam a city that you can rediscover time and again.
The city's DNA
Rotterdam is a city of forerunners, pioneers and people with the courage and will to drive change. Business, innovation and experimentation are all part of the city's DNA. Traditionally, Rotterdam has attracted immigrants from near and far. They came here to fulfil their dreams, to build a future.
Data about Rotterdam
- Total inhabitants: 644.373
- Dutch origin: 312.334
- Western immigrants: 83.629
- Non-Western immigrants: 248.410