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( or ; ) is a city in
, located geographically within the
Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt river delta
. Its history goes back to 1270 when a
was constructed in the
river and people settled around it for safety. In 1340 Rotterdam was granted city rights by the
Count of Holland
and slowly grew into a major logistic and economic centre. Nowadays it is home to Europe's largest
and has a population of 624,799 (, city proper), ranking
in the Netherlands. The
area is home to approximately 1.4 million people and the
Rotterdam The Hague urban area
makes for the
168th most populous urban area
in the world. Rotterdam is part of the yet larger
with a total population of 7,100,000.
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