Home to one of the world’s biggest ports and some of the Netherlands’ biggest companies, Rotterdam is a thriving, modern city. The Expats in Rotterdam website lists local information sources, social clubs, blogs and service providers to help you make the most of your stay.
Learning Dutch in Rotterdam
ITHA Dutch Language Institute
Lawyer in Rotterdam
Rotterdam tax advice
Van Noort Gassler & Co
St Mary’s Anglican & Episcopal
Rotterdam International Secondary School WvB
American International School of Rotterdam
The Japanese School
Social and networking clubs
Expat Republic Rotterdam
American Women’s Club of Rotterdam
The International Women’s Club of Rotterdam (Pickwick Club)
American-Netherlands Club of Rotterdam
Australian and New Zealand Club
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The city has a population of some 620,000 people but the greater Rotterdam area has a population of some 1.3 million. It is divided into two by the Nieuwe Maas river. Although the city centre is situated in the northern part, the De Kop van Zuid development south of the river is now being called Manhattan on the Maas because of its innovative architecture. Large parts of the city are below sea level.
The Rotterdam expat desk is operated by the city council to help people who move to the city find their feet. Rotterdam expats can go for help with paperwork and the website provides a wealth of information to help people settle in. This includes listings of Rotterdam expat services. There are many agencies to help with Rotterdam rental housing and lots of language schools in Rotterdam as well. Rotterdam also has several international schools and childcare groups which are happy to accept non-Dutch speaking children. You will also be able to find lawyers and financial advisors in Rotterdam who specialise in helping internationals.
The history of Rotterdam can be raced back to around 900 AD, and takes its name from a stream known as the Rotta – from ‘rot’, meaning muddy and ‘a’, meaning water. A dam on the Rotta, constructed in around 1260, gave the fledgling settlement its name. Rotterdam was granted city rights in 1340, when it had around 2,000 inhabitants.
The port of Rotterdam went on to grow and develop and was one of the six chambers of the Dutch East India Company. By the late 1800s, the city and harbour began to expand on the south bank and in 1898, the city was home to the tallest office building in Europe – the Witte Huis skyscraper which was 45 metres tall.
Hitler’s bombing of Rotterdam after the World War II invasion of May 10 1940 led to the Dutch capitulation. Some 900 civilians were killed and 80,000 people lost their homes. The heart of the city was almost completely destroyed.
Since then the city has developed a reputation for its innovative architecture.
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If you are a small firm in Rotterdam, the Expat Rotterdam service will help you to reach expats for as little as €2 a week.
Rotterdam law firms for expats, housing companies in Rotterdam, Rotterdam language schools, Rotterdam childcare services, Rotterdam relocation agencies, financial advisors and healthcare insurers can all benefit from the approach offered by Expat Rotterdam.
Expats also need other services which Rotterdam companies have to offer. Think Rotterdam car hire, plumbers, building companies and painting firms. Expat Rotterdam can help every sort of company reach the city’s international population.
Expat Rotterdam is operated by the Dutch News BV group.
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