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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.

Rotterdam skyline with Erasmus Bridge and Kop van Zuid

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, world-class museums and other cultural institutions, and burgeoning tech/startup scenes. They share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.

Baltimore Inner Harbor skyline

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Highlights

Dutch Drinks DC Nederlandse Borrel Networking Event

Thursday Nov 29, 2018

Join us for the bimonthly networking borrel, organized by Netherland-America Foundation, Netherlands Embassy, NACCWM, Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee, DC Dutch and BrettonWoodsNL.

Admission: Free. Cash bar.
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Lauriol Plaza, 1835 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Dutch approach to flood resiliency

Monday November 19, 2018

Henk Ovink, the Netherlands Water Envoy, speaks about Rebuild by Design, the US federal response devised to make coastal cities more resilient in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, at these 2 events in DC:

Luncheon discussion 12-1:30pm Hosted by Netherland-American Foundation

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Evening talk 6:30-8pm at the National Building Museum
(free event)

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World map

Annual Maryland Global Gala

Wednesday Dec 5, 2018

International networking event hosted by Baltimore’s World Trade Center Institute (WTCI). Stop by our Baltimore Sister Cities table at this event!

Time: 3:30-7pm
Location: Columbus Center (IMET), 701 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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More Upcoming Events

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