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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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Food Innovation -
Baltimore & Beyond

September 22, 2016

Find out about innovations happening around food in Baltimore and in the Netherlands that will make our world more sustainable, improve access to nutritious food, and provide individuals & startups the means to make a living through healthy food. This event will leave you feeling inspired about our future!

Organized by Baltimore-Rotterdam committee, Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce Washington Metro (NACCWM), and Impact Hub Baltimore. Event is part of Baltimore’s annual Baltimore Innovation Week 2016 presented by 14 West.

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Baltimore Innovation Week 2016 presented by 14 West

CSX provides grant for Baltimore-Rotterdam exchange

July 17, 2016

CSX has provided a grant to Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts for an “Operation Trash” exchange project designed to educate high school students at Baltimore’s Benjamin Franklin High School (BFHS) and connect them with a high school in the Rotterdam.

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New developments for Baltimore Sister Cities


Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced plans to restructure the Baltimore Sister Cities Program (BSCP), aiming to expand the program’s focus on developing significant opportunities for economic partnerships, more cultural and educational exchanges, and health and environmental initiatives. The BSCP was previously a series of committees reporting directly to the Office of the Mayor. The program is now restructured as an independent 501(c)(3) corporation named Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. All five sister city committees, including the Baltimore-Rotterdam committee, are part of that new organization.

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