Rotterdam

Quality of life in Rotterdam

By Ander Hindremäe

Rotterdam is a multicultural hub with a modern look, low level of corruption, an advanced public transport system and superb network of bike-paths. While less touristy than some of its neighboring Dutch cities, Rotterdam hosts the largest port in Europe, making it an important transit, logistical and marine center. With its high quality of life and lively cultural scene, Rotterdam has been welcoming visitors for almost 800 years.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
124/265
Details
Large apartment$1200.00
Medium apartment$1000.00
Rent index [score]0.74
Small apartment$820.00

Cost of Living

5
146/250
Details
5km taxi ride$9.60
A Cappuccino$2.80
A beer$1.40
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$0.89
Inflation [score]0.52
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$29.00
Monthly public transport$66.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$83.46

Startups

4
130/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.75
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co6
Meetups [score]0.54
Meetups groups165
Meetups members36232
Number of investors9
Number of startup events in the last 12 months256
Number of upcoming meetup events44
Startup climate scene [score]0.55
Startup events19
Startup events [score]0.44
Startups [score]0.57
Total number of startups110

Venture Capital

4
129/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.36

Travel Connectivity

8
5/265
Details
Airport hub237
Airport hub [score]0.98
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.69

Commute

6
42/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Netherlands/Rotterdam
Traffic handling [score]0.77

Business Freedom

9
64/263
Details
Business freedom80.00
Business freedom [score]0.77
Freedom from corruption83.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.92
Lack of labor restrictions64.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.52
Time to open a business4.00
Time to open a business [score]0.97

Safety

8
84/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.64
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents4
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.99
Lack of guns [score]0.98
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.99

Healthcare

8
50/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.66
Healthcare quality [score]0.88
Life expectancy (years)81.86
Life expectancy [score]0.91

Education

4
120/239
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test531.84
Country mean scores in PISA reading test511.23
Country mean scores in PISA science test522.06
PISA math ranking (high school)10
PISA ranking10
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.86
PISA reading (high school)12
PISA science (high school)13
Percent of happy students0.81
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.15
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.19
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.12

Environmental Quality

7
136/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.55
Cleanliness [score]0.68
Drinking water quality [score]0.72
Urban greenery [score]0.68

Economy

5
146/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.94
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.25
GDP per capita$47354.53
GDP per capita [score]0.76

Taxation

5
134/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.61
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes119
VAT (Sales Tax)0.21

Internet Access

7
30/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)62.20
Internet access (download) [score]0.84
Internet access (upload) [score]0.63
Upload speed (Mbps)16.10

Leisure & Culture

5
145/264
Details
Art galleries137
Art galleries [score]0.66
Cinemas87
Cinemas [score]0.61
Comedy clubs31
Comedy clubs [score]0.66
Concert venues162
Concerts [score]0.68
Historical sites48
Historical sites [score]0.48
Museums82
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues107
Performing arts [score]0.68
Sport venues23
Sports [score]0.66
Zoos9
Zoos [score]0.86

Tolerance

8
70/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index97.37
LGBT Equality Index [score]1.00
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.62

Outdoors

4
168/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.10
Median peak in meters25.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)11.00
Water access [score]0.75
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Rotterdam are in the 146th place of all 250 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$660$980
$820
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$29
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$30
Monthly public transport$66
Lunch$14
-29%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Rotterdam are above average. For this job type, Rotterdam ranks 125th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Rotterdam.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$43,292
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

3.90
Guns per 100 people
0.58
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Parmentierplein 1, 3088 GN Rotterdam, Netherlands

Phone: -

Embassy of Netherlands in Kabul, Afghanistan

Street of Ministry of Interior, Malalai Watt, Kabul, Afghanistan , Shar-e Naw

Phone: +93 (0) 700 286 641

Startup Visa

Residence permit for startups
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
NoNo1 year
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People in Rotterdam

Population of Rotterdam

989,900
2,233 /km²
54/264
Density (people per unit of area)
2%
Growth in 2015-2020
Rotterdam

Demographics of Netherlands

Median age
43
Elderly people
18%
Life expectancy at birth
81
GDP per capita (in USD)
$47,355
80/262
Unemployment
7%
175/263

Languages

English proficiency score
72
99/228
Common spoken languages
Dutch

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Software Engineer
7.43%
Founder
5.07%
Project Manager
4.39%
Marketing Manager
4.05%
Teacher
2.70%
Web Developer
2.36%
Copywriter
2.36%
Other
71.62%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

130

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Rotterdam


Rotterdam is a city in the province of South Holland in the west of the Netherlands. The city is the second largest in the country with a population of approximately 617,000 inhabitants in the municipality and about 1.3 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Rotterdam is one of Europe's most vibrant, multicultural cities; it is known for its university (Erasmus), cutting-edge architecture, lively cultural life, striking riverside setting, its maritime heritage and colourful summer events.

Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. The port of Rotterdam is Europe's busiest port by cargo tonnage, and was the world's busiest from 1962 until it was surpassed by Shanghai in 2004. Rotterdam's commercial and strategic importance is based on its location near the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse), a channel 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, which is why Rotterdam is often called the "Gateway to Europe".

The bombing of Rotterdam on May 14, 1940 by Nazi Germany forced the Dutch army to capitulate. The centre of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by the Luftwaffe, with 900 civilians killed and 80,000 homeless. Rotterdam was gradually rebuilt from the 1950s through the 1990s. Daring and new styles of apartments, office buildings and recreation facilities resulted in Rotterdam becoming a city of modern architecture and the only city in the Netherlands with an impressive modern skyline.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Netherlands
3rd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

4th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

42nd

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

15th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

10th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

5th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

15th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

10th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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