Market Rotterdam wall and ceiling paintings

Market hall – photo: Mike van den Bos

Ethnic make-up

In the Netherlands, Rotterdam has the highest percentage of foreigners from non-industrialised nations. They form a large part of Rotterdam’s multi ethnic and multicultural diversity. 50.3% of the population are of non Dutch origins or have at least one parent born outside the country. There are 80,000 Muslims, constituting 13% of the population. The mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb is of Moroccan descent and is a practicing Muslim. The city is home to the largest Dutch Antillean community. The city also has its own China Town at the West-Kruiskade, close to Rotterdam Centraal.

Historical population
Year Population Growth %
1899

318,500

1925

547,900

+ 2.11

1965

731,000

+ 0.72

1984

555,000

– 1.44

2005

596,407

+ 0.34

2006

588,576

– 1.31

2007

584,046

– 0.77

2010

603,425

+ 1.09

2011

612,502

+ 1.50

2012

617,347

+ 0.79

2014

624,799

+ 0.60

Source: wikipedia

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1) Ahmed Aboutaleb

Ahmed Aboutaleb (born 29 August 1961) is a Moroccan–born Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and journalist. He is the Mayor of Rotterdam since 5 January 2009.

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