Rotterdam is a city with tremendous character. The city is dynamic and ever-changing, just as the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse) is a powerful symbol of continuous movement.
The city of Rotterdam and its people are never afraid to experiment. In fact, we’re more likely to go looking for it. It’s a city where the 'Make it Happen' mentality can be seen and felt. It boasts parties that go for Rotterdam and give their own interpretation of Rotterdam’s spirit and ‘can do’ mentality, no matter whether they’re residents, visitors, students or business people.


We welcome experiments with open arms in Rotterdam: almost anything’s possible here. We combine statements in architecture, design and urban planning & construction with a sense of intimacy by keeping things on a small scale. There’s an incredible amount of scope for innovation and entrepreneurship here in Rotterdam. We warmly welcome creative spirits who believe in the city’s future and who want to be part of a creative industry. Our Rotterdam ‘thinking in terms of solutions’ mentality ensures that innovations are actually put into production, so that they can serve as inspiring examples to the rest of the world.

There’s plenty of choice for anyone wanting to work in Rotterdam or set up a business in our city, ranging from Weena in the city centre to locations alongside peers in the Port of Rotterdam Industrial Complex. Rotterdam’s business district is an attractive location for international players who are used to similar districts in Amsterdam, London or Frankfurt. Rotterdam offers you a combination of historic buildings, modern office blocks and iconic skyscrapers. The price per square metre is considerably lower than in the rest of Europe.


Rotterdam’s strategic location is perfect for connecting to the world. In this city of 620,000 people, 170 different nationalities live alongside and with each other, bringing the rest of the world into even closer proximity. Some of our residents were born here, others have come to Rotterdam to build a new future. This potpourri of sub-cultures, desires, ambitions and origins permeates Rotterdam’s streets, art, culture, nightlife, cuisine and business community and gives the city its unique urban vibe. There is room for everybody here. And it is a city that everybody should see at least once: tough, buzzing with life, diverse and in a continuous state of flux.


The people of Rotterdam firmly believe that you can achieve great things through collaboration. At present, we and The Hague are working together to give the region an extra boost.

The urban conglomeration of Rotterdam and The Hague together comprises 23 municipalities, has a population of 2.3 million people, provides 1.2 million jobs and contributes 15% to GNP in the Netherlands. So it is a large metropolitan area with a strongly international character thanks to Greenport West-Holland, Rotterdam Main Port and The Hague as the International City of Peace and Justice. Rotterdam provides connections to the international community through its Main Port, High Speed Railway Line (HSL) and Rotterdam-The Hague Airport, with Schiphol Airport close by. The area is also an education hotspot, rich in world-class universities that attract future talent to the region, and secondary schools that provide vocational training for young people about to enter the workforce and experienced workers who need to expand and update their skills.

The Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Region has set itself challenging goals in terms of sustainability and international competitiveness. The intention is to create an attractive environment for businesses with a good infrastructure network that connects residential centres, business locations and facilities. The 23 municipalities in the Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Region are working on four projects: innovative connections, introducing the circular economy, establishing renewable energy and introducing innovative solutions in the cities and suburbs. These projects are being implemented in collaboration with other government bodies, knowledge institutes and the business community.