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  CurrencyEuro
  
  
  
  Culinary specialities Haring (picked herrings), pea soup, Stamppot (mashed potatoes, vegatables and smoked sausages), Indonesian street food.
  
  LanguageDutch
  
  Famous PeopleDesiderius Erasmus – a Renaissance Humanist; Robin Van Persie – Arsenal football player
  
  Historical factThe entire city was destroyed by the Luftwaffe in May 1940; only the Town Hall remained, inspiring the artist Ossip Zadkine’s famous work City without a Heart.
  
  
  
  Average temperaturesWinter 5C / Summer 17C