Rotterdam

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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.

Rotterdam is one of the top ten city matches for 2.6% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
118/263
Details
Large apartment$1137.56
Medium apartment$952.09
Rent index [score]0.75
Small apartment$766.63

Cost of Living

5
152/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.60
A Cappuccino$3.20
A beer$1.30
A kilogram of Apples$2.00
Bread$0.58
Inflation [score]0.50
Lunch$16.00
Monthly fitness club membership$32.00
Monthly public transport$75.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$85.47

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]0.46
Meetups groups131
Meetups members31707
Number of investors9
Number of startup events in the last 12 months265
Number of upcoming meetup events46
Startup climate scene [score]0.55
Startup events12
Startup events22
Startup events [score]0.41
Startups [score]0.57
Total number of startups112

Venture Capital

3
149/227
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Venture capital [score]0.27

Travel Connectivity

8
4/260
Details
Airport hub237
Airport hub [score]0.99
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.68

Commute

6
45/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Netherlands/Rotterdam
Traffic handling [score]0.78

Business Freedom

9
62/259
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
96/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.57
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
53/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.67
Healthcare quality [score]0.88
Life expectancy (years)81.86
Life expectancy [score]0.91

Education

5
134/230
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)6
PISA ranking10
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.92
PISA reading (high school)12
PISA science (high school)12
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

6
149/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.53
Cleanliness [score]0.61
Drinking water quality [score]0.77
Urban greenery [score]0.52

Economy

5
144/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.25
GDP per capita$47354.53
GDP per capita [score]0.75

Taxation

5
133/260
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
35/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)55.54
Internet access (download) [score]0.81
Internet access (upload) [score]0.60
Upload speed (Mbps)15.12

Leisure & Culture

5
145/263
Details
Art galleries136
Art galleries [score]0.66
Cinemas85
Cinemas [score]0.59
Comedy clubs31
Comedy clubs [score]0.66
Concert venues164
Concerts [score]0.68
Historical sites48
Historical sites [score]0.50
Museums82
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues107
Performing arts [score]0.69
Sport venues23
Sports [score]0.65
Zoos9
Zoos [score]0.86

Tolerance

8
39/264
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]0.52

Outdoors

4
171/260
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 152nd place of all 261 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)

$786$1,118
$952
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$32
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$30
Monthly public transport$75
Lunch$16
-26%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$42,246
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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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Rotterdam in position 148 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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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LGBT rights in Rotterdam

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Legal

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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