Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Rotterdam's commercial and strategic importance is based on its location near the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse), one of the channels 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. The Netherlands is in Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany. The climate is temperate marine with cool summers and mild winters. The official language is Dutch. English, German and French are also widely spoken, especially in cities and main tourist areas. A few polite phrases in Dutch will be appreciated. The main religion is Christianity. The Netherlands has a prosperous and open economy in which the government has reduced its role since the 1980s. Industrial activity is predominantly in food-processing, Financial services, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery. Dutch people generally value honesty and decisiveness. An indirect approach may be perceived as devious or untrustworthy. In business the use of first names is not automatic. Expatriate business dress is relatively conservative, comprising dark suits with neutral shirts. The security risk for expatriates in the Netherlands is low. Risks include street crime such as pickpockets and bag-snatching in tourist areas, and the underlying threat terrorism. The currency of Netherlands is the Euro (EUR). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Rotterdam is 2.3 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.5% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Rotterdam, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Rotterdam as at 1 January 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Rotterdam is for example 28.6% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 6.9% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 72.5% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Rotterdam for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Rotterdam) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Rotterdam is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Rotterdam? Register subscribe to your home location and Rotterdam and run your personalised reports.