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Full nameRotterdam
Official nameRotterdam
Settlement typeMunicipality / City
MottoSterker door strijd (Stronger through struggle)
ProvinceSouth Holland
MayorAhmed Aboutaleb
AldermenJeannette Baljeu
Hugo de Jonge
Hamit Karakus
Jantine Kriens
Antoinette Laan
Korrie Louwes
Total Area123.1 sq mi (319 km2)
Land Area79.5 sq mi (206 km2)
Water Area43.6 sq mi (113 km2)
Total Population611000 (1 October 2010)
Density (pop.)2850/km2 (7381.5/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)1211523
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Area code010

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Rotterdam (c-eniconˈrɒtərdæm; Dutch -nlˌrɔtərˈdɑmNl-Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and the largest port in the world. 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. It is known for its university (Erasmus), its cutting-edge architecture, its lively cultural life, its striking riverside setting, its maritime heritage and the Rotterdam Blitz.

But the essence of Rotterdam is its huge, modern port. The largest port in Europe and one of the busiest ports in the world, the port of Rotterdam was the world's busiest port from 1962 to 2004, at which point it was surpassed by Shanghai. Rotterdam's commercial and strategic importance is based on its location near the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse), one of the channels in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse on the North Sea. These rivers lead directly into the centre of Europe, including the industrial Ruhr region.

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Mark Vos en Boy Janssen rocken in Rotterdam met hun verlichte BMX. Jackie Chan style. Don't try this at home :)
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Videoclip of 'Rainbow in the sky' by DJ Paul Elstak. Officially released on the famous Dutch hardcore label 'Rotterdam Records'. For more info check
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Safri Duo performing 'Played-A-Live' live in Ahoy' Rotterdam on April 7, 2001.
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Lights in the City. GRL hits Rotterdam in 2007 graffitiresearchlab grl rotterdam lasertag lasertagging
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Christina Aguilera - Dirty (live @ Ahoy, Rotterdam)
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The Beautiful South - Rotterdam music video Terrible video, nice tune..
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Rafael Nadal apologizes after he accidently hit a little girl with a ball who was watching him practice. At first he apologized by holding his raquet up (like how they apologize during matches ;) ) But when she started crying he went to her and apologized to her. The other tennisplayer is Matwe Middelkoop. This was during the abn amro wtt in Rotterdam in February 2009
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Kami-Kazi & Naffer - Insane (Official Videoclip) Title: Insane Artists: Kami-Kazi & Naffer Music Produced by: ErdoBeats Directed by: Tahir Mohamed Produced by: Light-Creation more info http 3D Ali-B Appa Anu-D DHC DJ Kargin Kami-Kazi Kempi Kingqin Naffer Opgezwolle Para-D Salah Edin Scheme015 Sjaak Skiezo Yes-R Amsterdam Utrecht Den Haag Rotterdam Delft Nederland
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hardcore - terror - cool rave from RTC (rotterdam terror corps)
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This was such a funny news item that I decided to subtitle it. This happened in a pub like 5 mins away from me... I did these subtitles quite early on a Sunday so forgive me any bad spelling, ty.
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Rotterdam Open: Of Federer, fans and the kindness of strangers - The Sport Review Tweet this news
The Sport Review--By Marianne Bevis in -Rotterdam- 10:52am UK, Thursday 23 February, 2012 Two solitary men take to a vast rectangle of a battleground where neither clock nor finishing line can call a halt, where neither team-mate nor coach can share the l - Date : Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:55:33 GMT
India leads group to broker consensus on listing of asbestos under Rotterdam ... - The Hindu Tweet this news
The Hindu--Courtesy: IISD Reporting Services Indian delegates at Conference of Parties to the -Rotterdam- Convention, meeting in Geneva. Canada is stalling listing of chrysotile asbestos (white asbestos) at the Conference of Parties to the -Rotterdam- Con - Date : Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:43:35 GMT+00:00
FAIRSTAR HEAVY TRANSPORT N.V. 2011 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders ... - Reuters (press release) Tweet this news
Reuters (press release)--Fairstar Heavy Transport NV (FAIR) held its 2011 AGM in -Rotterdam-. Just over eighty percent of the company's issued shares were voted either by proxy or in the person of shareholders who attended the meeting. All of the res - Date : Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:01:24 GMT+00:00
Rotterdam house fire - WXXA Tweet this news
WXXA--Firefighters said when they first got there they had very heavy smoke inside the home. They found what they called a stubborn oil fire under the stairs. Carman Fire Department Chief Scott Sloan says no word on a cause tonight, "Right now to - Date : Sat, 23 Apr 2011 03:00:59 GMT+00:00
Rotterdam Coal Stocks at Lowest Since 2008, Barclays Says - Bloomberg Tweet this news
Bloomberg--Coal stockpiles in the port of -Rotterdam- are at the lowest level since August 2008 as nuclear power cutbacks increased demand for coal, Barclays Capital said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered ... - Date : Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:36:02 GMT+00:00
Rotterdam and Constanta ports to cooperate - Radio Netherlands Tweet this news
Radio Netherlands--The ports of -Rotterdam- and the Romanian city of Constanta have signed a cooperation agreement in a bid to form “Europe's logistical axis”. The ceremony in Romania was attended by Dutch Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz - Date : Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:56:49 GMT+00:00
Argos Rotterdam Terminal to Grow With a Third - (press release) Tweet this news (press release)--April 21, 2011 [Port of -Rotterdam-/] - The -Rotterdam- based oil company Argos Oil is planning to expand its -Rotterdam--Pernis terminal with 200000 m³ to a total of 850000 m³. Assuming that the permi - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 08:53:28 GMT+00:00
Youngsters from the North West set sail from Rotterdam to Liverpool - follow ... - Liverpool Echo Tweet this news
Liverpool Echo--Five youngsters from the North West have set off on the trip of a lifetime - sailing a tall ship from -Rotterdam- to Liverpool for a 10-day voyage. The Tall Ship Astrid is sponsored by Liverpool ONE and the voyage is being run by Liverpool - Date : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:21:28 GMT+00:00
Feyenoord Rotterdam manager Mario Been aiming for PSV Eindhoven scalp - Dutch ... - (blog) Tweet this news (blog)--The fallen Dutch Eredivisie giants, Feyenoord -Rotterdam-, have started to show their late resurgence in the league. The -Rotterdam- outfit spent much of their campaign this season, battling to stay as far away from the relegation zone - Date : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 07:08:18 GMT+00:00
Genoa port plans to boost European market share - Forexyard Tweet this news
Forexyard--The increased container capacity would still be a far cry from the 9 million containers a year handled by -Rotterdam-, Europe's biggest port. Instead of trying to compete with -Rotterdam- head-on, Genoa wants to forge closer ties with the - Date : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:02:24 GMT+00:00

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