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Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.


Twin Cities

Baltimore and Rotterdam are both modern cities, because of historical events.  Rotterdam’s central city district was destroyed at the beginning of World War II.  Faced with the task of rebuilding the city, Rotterdam chose to embrace the future rather than to resurrect the past - becoming a showplace for modern architecture in Europe.  The city center of Baltimore was destroyed in 1904 by the Great Fire. So both cities were built from the ground up during the 20th century. 

Rotterdam and Baltimore have approximately the same geographical and population size. These two cities have in common a deep maritime history, large port operations in estuarine waters, and both are home to prestigious universities, medical schools, and world-class museums and other cultural institutions.  They also share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Rotterdam photo: © Rob Hollis
Baltimore photo: © George Hagegeorge
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30th year anniversary Baltimore-Rotterdam


In 2015, BALTIMORE marks the 30 year anniversary of its sister city relationships with ROTTERDAM in the Netherlands and with XIAMEN in China.

Join us on September 26 at the Creative Alliance to celebrate our anniversary! During the day, there are workshops & performances for the whole family, with Dutch and Chinese themes. In the evening, there is an art opening reception / networking event. The art exhibit features technology-themed artwork from students at MICA (Baltimore) and WdKA (Rotterdam). This event is part of Baltimore Innovation Week.

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30th Year Anniversary of Baltimore-Rotterdam and Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Relationships (Rotterdam photo credit: Claire Droppert, Rotterdam Image Bank; other photos are from istockphoto

Operatie Afval Workshops

3 & 10 okt in Bethesda

Rotterdam theater artiest en onderwijzeres Kathie diStefano geeft workshops voor Nederlandstalige kinderen op De Nederlandse School. Door middel van theater, sport en spel leer je over milieubeheer in Nederland. Niet-leerlingen kunnen ook meedoen; er is een toegangsprijs.

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