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Rotterdam Netherlands

Rotterdam NetherlandsRotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands. It is located in the west of Holland, in the province Zuid Holland (South Holland).

In the 17th century Rotterdam was one of the 6 chambers of the V.O.C, the Nederlandse Oostindische Compagnie (Netherlands East India Company). The city was until a few years ago the largest sea port in the world. The city was build at the river Rotte, where a dam was built, hence the name Rotterdam.

The greater Rotterdam area has about 1.1 million inhabitans.

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