Innovative Rotterdam

Rotterdam. Gateway to Europe

Rotterdam is a young, dynamic metropolis that continues to renew itself at a rapid pace. Atypical in its own country, internationally renowned for its drive for innovation and unpolished charm. Whether it's the ever-changing skyline full of daring architecture, the port that is considered the smartest in the world, or the can-do mentality of its residents. Rotterdam is a city with a unique character, energetic and always on the move. A city of forerunners and  people who want to make a change.

FACT# Rotterdam is famous for its culture and world port. A true link in the international economy.


Rotterdam is a world city, internationally renowned as the 'gateway to Europe'. Its port is the hub of Europe's largest maritime cluster, but the Maasstad also operates at a world level within other strong economic sectors such as Clean Tech, Life Sciences & Health, Energy, Agro-food, Transport & Logistics and Finance. Thanks to the many internationally recognized knowledge institutes, a thriving international business community, high-quality culture and architecture, a rich leisure offer and a great diversity of residents, Rotterdam offers all in one.

With its strategic location in Europe, Rotterdam is literally connecting the world.

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City of progress and renewal

Rotterdam is a city of forerunners, pioneers and people who dare to make a change. Entrepreneurship, innovation and experimentation, it is in Rotterdam's DNA. Since history, Rotterdam has attracted immigrants from far and wide. They came here to make their dreams come true, to build a future. This pioneering drive has made Rotterdam grow into the world port city of today. A city that is characterized by its daring urge to innovate; whether it concerns architecture, the creative sector or the port. No wonder  this city is often quoted as "trendsetter”. Think of the new land development of Maasvlakte 2, the striking architectural on "Kop van Zuid” and the universities and knowledge institutes that are internationally rewarded for their quality research and education.

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  • 630,000 residents
  • 170 nationalities
  • Originated in 1270 
  • City rights since 1340
  • 1st port in Europe, ranking 9th in the world
  • 2nd conference city in the Netherlands


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