Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area

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Rotterdam-The Hague metropolitan area

Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag
Metropolitan region Rotterdam The Hague

Erasmusbrug seen from Euromast.jpg
Rotterdam at dusk
The Hague Skyline Part II.jpg
The Hague at dusk
Location in the province of South Holland, Netherlands
Location in the province of South Holland, Netherlands
Coordinates: 52°24′N 4°54′E / 52.400°N 4.900°E / 52.400; 4.900Coordinates: 52°24′N 4°54′E / 52.400°N 4.900°E / 52.400; 4.900
ProvinceSouth Holland
Largest citiesRotterdam
The Hague
Other municipalitiesZoetermeer
Capelle aan den IJssel
 • Total1,130 km2 (440 sq mi)
 • Land990 km2 (380 sq mi)
 • Water140 km2 (50 sq mi)  8.01%
 • Urban
440 km2 (170 sq mi)
 • Rural
550 km2 (210 sq mi)
Highest elevation
69 m (226 ft)
Lowest elevation
-6.76 m (−22.18 ft)
 • Total2,563,197
 • Density2,250/km2 (5,800/sq mi)
 • Urban density5,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)

The Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area (Dutch: Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag)[2] is a metropolitan area encompassing the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague as well as 21 other municipalities.[3] It finds its legal basis in law.[4] It was founded in 2014. The area has a population of over 2 and a half million across 1,130 km2 (440 sq mi).[1] The largest European port and many international organizations reside within its borders.

The area is also part of the larger urban area called Randstad. Air traffic is supported by Rotterdam-The Hague Airport offering services to a number of European cities, however the majority of air travelers use Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is about 45 kilometers from The Hague. RandstadRail offers light rail public transport in the area and also Rotterdam metro, The Hague tram, Rotterdam tram and the frequent trains of the Dutch railways are popular modes for public transportation within the region.


The main reason for the cooperation is economic, to keep and make the area more attractive to international companies and organizations.


The area has two main cores, the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague. The city of Delft is situated in between the two major cities. The area has a GDP of 170 billion Euros. There are 2700 foreign companies.


Municipality Population Total area [km2]
Rotterdam 635389 325.79
The Hague 527748 98.12
Zoetermeer 124971 37.05
Westland 106752 90.58
Delft 101400 24.06
Nissewaard 84929 98.74
Schiedam 77920 19.86
Leidschendam-Voorburg 74788 35.62
Vlaardingen 71972 26.69
Capelle aan den IJssel 66712 15.40
Lansingerland 60904 56.37
Pijnacker-Nootdorp 53420 38.61
Rijswijk 51742 14.49
Barendrecht 48474 21.73
Ridderkerk 45743 25.26
Hellevoetsluis 38778 46.27
Maassluis 32493 10.12
Krimpen aan den IJssel 29120 8.95
Wassenaar 26101 62.37
Albrandswaard 25163 23.76
Midden-Delfland 19244 49.38
Brielle 16976 31.14
Westvoorne 14463 97.48
Total 2,279,459 1,257.84


  1. ^ a b c Kerngetallen* MRDH, 2015,
  2. ^ Official website Metropolitan region Rotterdam The Hague: European Projects (Visited on 2018-05-14)
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