Rotterdam has made it into the top ten large cities in Europe that have the best climate for investors and hence Investment Bankers. On the Foreign Direct Investment Index, the authoritative fDi Index compiled by The Financial Times, Rotterdam occupies a shining ninth place among the ‘Large European Cities of the Future 2016/17’. 


Rotterdam is more than a harbour: It has become the place for investment bankers

Rotterdam’s strategy focuses on six key economic sectors: Maritime & Offshore, Agro-food, Clean Tech, SmartIndustry, Life Sciences & Health, and Insurance & Risk. In 2015 Rotterdam was pleased to welcome various prominent companies, including drone manufacturer DJI, Ezra and Tendrill.

The city’s success in attracting direct foreign investment is the result of solid, intensive collaboration between national and local authorities, the business community, the international education sector, and regional service providers like relocators, notaries, lawyers, estate agents and accountants. In recent years, such advantages as good accessibility (within the city and through connections to the Dutch and European hinterland), a wide range of offices at affordable prices, an international city that values quick and decisive action, and the multilingual workforce have been key factors in helping international investors to come to Rotterdam and remain there.

The city’s housing options and livability also have a positive impact when deciding whether to base business operations in Rotterdam. It was announced last week, based on figures released by the European Commission, that Rotterdam has the happiest inhabitants in the Netherlands. Therefore it is also an interesting place to work with investments-


Quotes about Rotterdam as investment site:

Mr. Bart Van der Voort, Business Development Manager DJI Europe: “The city of Rotterdam is very business oriented government. For example, right after our opening in Rotterdam we had Vice-Mayor of Rotterdam, Maarten Struijvenberg visiting our head-office in China. Also, for logistics Rotterdam is the place to be.”

Mr. Tiziano Zarbo, Senior Vice President, Global Vessel & Asset EMAS AMC: “We have chosen Rotterdam because of its location, the excellent logistic infrastructure, the strong presence of industries related with shipping and Oil & Gas, the presence of world-class shipyards, the large reservoir of highly qualified professional manpower.”


About the fDi Index

The fDi Index is a biannual ranking by fD Intelligence, published by the Financial Times. This independent study is conducted by fDiIntelligence, the world’s biggest knowledge centre in foreign investments. Their researchers compiled data on 481 cities and regions acrossEuroep. More on the fDi Index: