Rotterdam is a city and metropolis in the Dutch province of South Holland.  With a population of around 600,000, Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and forms the southern part of the Randstad, the sixth largest metropolitan area in Europe. The centre of Rotterdam was largely destroyed during the Second World War; its reconstruction features some of the best known post war architecture in Europe.

Rotterdam is home to Europe’s biggest port; only Shanghai’s is bigger. It is a major transportation hub for the whole of Northern and Central Europe. 

Rotterdam is divided into a northern and a southern part by the Nieuwe Maas river. The city centre is located on the northern bank of the Nieuwe Maas, although recent urban development has extended the centre to parts of southern Rotterdam known as De Kop van Zuid ('the Head of South', i.e. the northern part of southern Rotterdam).

Rotterdam residents often see their home as a no-nonsense workers' city. In that sense, there is a healthy competition with Amsterdam, which is often viewed as the cultural capital of the Netherlands. There is a saying: "Amsterdam to party, Den Haag (The Hague) to live, Rotterdam to work". Another one, more popular with Rotterdammers, is "Money is earned in Rotterdam, divided in The Hague and spent in Amsterdam".

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