Gemeente Rotterdam

The Netherlands, Rotterdam


The city of Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands, it has an increasingly diverse population with over 170 nationalities represented in its estimated population of 651,000 while almost 1.5 million live in its conurbation.

Following population decline associated with de- industrialisation in the 1970s, the population of Rotterdam has continued to grow year on year. Rotterdam is one of the youngest cities in Europe (reflected by good universities), with 30% of the population under the age of 25. Despite this, the city continues to get older, and the number of senior citizens in Rotterdam is growing. By 2035, 1 in 5 Rotterdammers will be 65 years of age or older. The number of over-75s in particular will increase. Given the "island effect" (densely built-up city retains heat) in Rotterdam, an increased risk of disease and mortality is to be expected. Rotterdam municipality has therefore started a local heat plan, which is part of Rotterdam's climate adaptation program Rotterdams Weerwoord (Rotterdam WeatherWise). The goal of Rotterdams Weerwoord is to make Rotterdam climate proof by 2025 as higher temperatures cause health problems among the elderly and the sick. Physical adaptation of the city means an opportunity for a more beautiful, multifunctional outdoor space with more chances to meet people. Climate change is not only a threat, but also an opportunity.

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