Expat in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, the gateway to Europe. International city with a distinct character, energetic, always in motion, its eyes on the future. Dynamic port city, where a vibrant mix of 170+ nationalities and many cultures and communities makes for a diverse, inclusive and open urban culture. It’s no wonder that more and more companies and internationals settle and build their future in Rotterdam.




Living in Rotterdam

Practically everybody here speaks English fluently. As an international you’ll find your home easily here, either in the city centre, or in one of Rotterdam’s scenic green suburbs. Some popular areas for internationals are Kralingen-Crooswijk, Kop van Zuid, Hillegersberg-Schiebroek, Prinsenland, the multicultural Oude Westen district and of course the city centre. The fast-evolving areas South of the river Maas are also attracting more and more internationals. With the diversity of its inhabitants and the quality of its neighbourhoods Rotterdam contributes to its growing appeal.


Magnet for Business and Innovation

Rotterdam’s strategic location literally connects Rotterdam to the world. Its port, the smartest and busiest in Europe, is the engine powering Europe’s most innovative Maritime and Energy clusters. Rotterdam is also home to world-leading clusters in other economic sectors such as IT & Tech, Life Sciences and Health (with Erasmus MC as the largest university medical centre in the Netherland and an international leading academic hospital), Transport & Logistics and Agri & Food.


Safe, Open & Easy to Travel

Rotterdam is safe, well organised and easy to travel. It’s a very ‘open’ city and less crowded than many other international urban hubs, with green and water nearby wherever you are in the city. Its open, spacious and well organised and layout are welcoming, even in times when being and moving in crowds is not possible.

Rotterdam boasts an excellent public transport system (bus, tram, metro, watertaxi) and is close to two international airports (both Schiphol International Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport are less than 30 minutes from Rotterdam Central Station).


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