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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. It coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy. The Ministry has two halves: its headquarters in The Hague and its missions abroad (embassies, consulates, and permanent representations).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs works hard for Dutch nationals and for Dutch interests and values around the world. Together with other countries, we work to tackle global challenges. The ministry works to ensure: 

  • Prosperity and fairness: We promote international trade, help Dutch businesses do business with and in other countries, and promote sustainable trade and shared prosperity.
  • Security and stability: We offer help and mediation to countries affected by conflict and violence, and enhance stability in vulnerable countries by working to improve living conditions.
  • Justice and freedom: We contribute to a well-functioning international legal order and promote international agreements in order to tackle global issues.
  • Dutch nationals abroad: We give support to Dutch nationals in difficulties abroad and try to prevent such situations from occurring by providing information and advice.

The Ministry's activities are based on the above objectives. They are:

  • to maintain relations with other countries and international organisations;
  • to promote cooperation with other countries;
  • to help developing countries accelerate their social and economic development through international cooperation;
  • to promote the interests of Dutch nationals and the Netherlands abroad;
  • to collect information on other countries and international developments for the Government and other interested parties;
  • to provide information on Dutch policy and the Netherlands' position on international issues and developments;
  • to present the Netherlands to the world;
  • to deal with applications from and the problems of foreigners living in the Netherlands or seeking to enter or leave the country.
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