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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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Kids participating in an Operation Trash event

Operation Trash educational activities

Theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts designs and coordinates creative educational activities for kids in Baltimore & Rotterdam to make them aware of trash pollution and how they can help solve it. A Baltimore-Rotterdam online school exchange program takes place in spring 2018, and several other activities are being planned.

More information on our HarborTraces website

GreenPort Congress America

May 16-18,2018

America 2018 GreenPort Congress in Baltimore #GPCAM18

Baltimore-Rotterdam committee and the international sister cities network is playing a role at this conference in Baltimore, May 16-18, 2018. There will be several speakers from the Netherlands, including a speaker from Port of Rotterdam.

In conjunction with the conference, there will be a “Trash-Eaters in the Harbor” event on May 18 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor — Baltimore’s Mr. Trash Wheel will meet Rotterdam’s Waste Sharks!

More information on the Baltimore Sister Cities website

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