About Rotterdam

Rotterdam
Rotterdam Photo: Guido Pijper

Rotterdam is home to 634,660 people and Rotterdam Ahoy, the convention centre and arena where the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in 2021.

Rotterdam is the largest port city in Europe; 469 million tonnes of goods transferred through it in 2018. From a logistical point of view, the port is of great importance when it comes to the import and export of goods for Europe, leading to a large part of it being named the Europoort.

South Holland, the province in which Rotterdam is located, is the most multicultural region in the Netherlands. The city itself is home to 174 nationalities, and all participating countries of the Eurovision Song Contest are represented in the local population.

Looking out on Rotterdam's skyline (© 500Watt)

Rotterdam is also an architectural city. In the city centre, which was largely destroyed in 1940, you will find a diversity of building styles: icons of the new build stand alongside reconstruction architecture from the sixties, seventies and eighties.

Rotterdam's Markthal (© Ossip van Duivenbode)

Those buildings cheerfully clash with the ultramodern skyscrapers and iconic buildings such as the Markthal, which have been added in recent decades.

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