List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken
State coat of arms of the Netherlands.svg
Bert Koenders
Incumbent
Bert Koenders

since 17 October 2014
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Style His Excellency
Member of Council of Ministers
Appointer Mark Rutte
as Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Formation 9 March 1798; 219 years ago (1798-03-09)
First holder Willem Berend Buys
(as Agent for Foreign Affairs)
Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
Salary €144,000 (including €7,887.24 expenses)
Website Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Azure, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or. [The seven arrows stand for the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht.] The shield is crowned with the (Dutch) royal crown and supported by two lions Or armed and langued gules. They stand on a scroll Azure with the text (Or) "Je Maintiendrai" (French for "I will maintain".)
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs (Dutch: Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken) is the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. Bert Koenders has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs since 17 October 2014.

Agents of Foreign Affairs (1798–1801)

Portrait Name Term of office Party Regime
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Willem Berend Buys
(1752–1832)
9 March 1798 –
25 June 1798
Independent Uitvoerend Bewind
Alexander Gogel Alexander Gogel
(ad interim)
(1765–1821)
7 April 1798 –
2 October 1798
Independent
Maarten van der Goes van Dirxland Maarten van der Goes van Dirxland
(1751–1826)
8 October 1798 –
1 December 1801
Independent

Secretaries of State of Foreign Affairs (1801–1806)

Portrait Name Term of office Party Regime
Maarten van der Goes van Dirxland Maarten van der Goes van Dirxland
(1751–1826)
1 December 1801 –
19 June 1806
Independent Staatsbewind

Ministers of Foreign Affairs (1806–present)

Portrait Name Term of office Party Regime
Maarten van der Goes van Dirxland Maarten van der Goes van Dirxland
(1751–1826)
19 June 1806 –
8 January 1808
Independent Louis Bonaparte
Willem Frederik Röell Willem Frederik Röell
(1767–1835)
8 January 1808 –
15 July 1810
Independent
Johan Hendrik Mollerus Johan Hendrik Mollerus
(ad interim)
(1750–1834)
27 november 1809 –
3 maart 1810
Independent
Paulus van der Heim Paulus van der Heim
(ad interim)
(1753–1823)
20 June 1810 –
15 July 1810
Independent
Annexed by the First French Empire (1810–1813)
Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp
(1762–1834)
7 December 1813 –
6 April 1814
Independent William I
Anne Willem Carel van Nagell Anne Willem Carel van Nagell
(1756–1851)
6 April 1814 –
16 May 1824
Independent
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Johann Gotthard Reinhold
(ad interim)
(1771–1831)
1 January 1824 –
16 May 1824
Independent
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Willem Frederik van Reede
(1770–1838)
16 May 1824 –
24 juni 1825
Independent
Patrice de Coninck Patrice de Coninck
(1770–1827)
23 June 1825 –
1 December 1825
Independent
Johan Gijsbert Verstolk van Soelen Johan Gijsbert Verstolk van Soelen
(1776–1845)
1 December 1825 –
13 September 1841
Independent
William II
Hugo van Zuylen van Nijevelt Hugo van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(ad interim)
(1781-1853)
13 September 1841 –
6 October 1841
Independent
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Johan Willem Huyssen van Kattendijke
(1781-1853)
6 October 1841 –
21 September 1843
Independent
Willem Anne Schimmelpenninck van der Oye Willem Anne Schimmelpenninck van der Oye
(ad interim)
(1800-1872)
21 September 1843 –
15 October 1843
Independent
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg James Albert Henry de la Sarraz
(1787-1877)
15 October 1843 –
1 January 1848
Independent
Lodewijk Napoleon van Randwijck Lodewijk Napoleon van Randwijck
(1800-1872)
1 January 1848 –
25 March 1848
Independent
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Gerrit Schimmelpenninck Gerrit Schimmelpenninck
(Prime Minister)
(1794–1863)
25 March 1848 –
17 May 1848 [Res]
Independent Gerrit Schimmelpenninck
(Schimmelpenninck)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Arnold Adolf Bentinck van Nijenhuis
(1798–1868)
17 May 1848 –
21 November 1848
Independent
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Leonardus Antonius Lightenvelt
(1795–1873)
21 November 1848 –
1 November 1849
Independent Jacob de Kempenaer
(De Kempenaer-Donker Curtius)
Herman van Sonsbeeck Herman van Sonsbeeck
(1796–1865)
1 November 1849 –
16 October 1852 [Res]
Independent Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke I)
Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(1816–1890)
16 October 1852 –
19 April 1853
Independent
Floris Adriaan van Hall Floris Adriaan van Hall
(Prime Minister)
(1791–1866)
19 April 1853 –
1 July 1856
Independent Floris Adriaan van Hall
(Van Hall-Donker Curtius)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Daniël Théodore
Gevers van Endegeest

(1793–1877)
1 July 1856 –
18 March 1858
Independent Justinus van der Brugghen
(Van der Brugghen)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Jan Karel van Goltstein
(1794–1872)
18 March 1858 –
23 February 1860
Independent Jan Jacob Rochussen
(Rochussen)
Floris Adriaan van Hall Floris Adriaan van Hall
(Ad interim Prime Minister)
(1791–1866)
23 February 1860 –
4 April 1860
Independent Floris Adriaan van Hall
(Van Hall-Van Heemstra)
Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(1819–1894)
4 April 1860 –
14 January 1861 [Res]
Independent
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Louis Napoleon van
der Goes van Dirxland

(1806–1885)
14 January 1861 –
14 March 1861
Independent
Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(Prime Minister)
(1816–1890)
14 March 1861 –
10 November 1861 [Res]
Independent Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(Van Zuylen van Nijevelt-Van Heemstra)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Martin Pascal Hubert Strens
(Ad interim)
(1807–1875)
10 November 1861 –
1 February 1862
Independent Schelto van Heemstra
(Van Zuylen van Nijevelt-Van Heemstra)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Anthony Jan Lucas Stratenus
(Ad interim)
(1807–1872)
1 February 1862 –
12 March 1862
Independent Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke II)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Paul Therèse van der
Maesen de Sombreff

(1827–1902)
12 March 1862 –
2 January 1864 [Res]
Independent
Willem Huyssen van Kattendijke Willem Huyssen van Kattendijke
(Ad interim Minister of the Navy)
(1816–1866)
2 January 1864 –
15 March 1864
Independent
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Eppo Cremers
(1823–1896)
15 March 1864 –
1 June 1866
Independent Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke II)
Isaäc Dignus Fransen van de Putte
(Fransen van de Putte)
Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(Prime Minister)
(1819–1894)
1 June 1866 –
4 June 1868
Independent Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(Van Zuylen van Nijevelt)
Joannes Josephus van Mulken Joannes Josephus van Mulken
(Ad interim Minister of War)
(1796–1879)
4 June 1868 –
8 June 1868
Independent Pieter Philip van Bosse
(Van Bosse-Fock)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Theodorus Marinus
Roest van Limburg

(Ad interim 8 June – 1 September 1868)
(1806–1887)
8 June 1868 –
12 December 1870 [Res]
Independent
Joannes Josephus van Mulken Joannes Josephus van Mulken
(Ad interim Minister of War)
(1796–1879)
12 December 1870 –
4 January 1871
Independent
Louis Gericke van Herwijnen Louis Gericke van Herwijnen
(1814–1899)
18 January 1871 –
27 August 1874
Independent Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke III)
Gerrit de Vries
(De Vries-Fransen van de Putte)
Joseph van der Does de Willebois Joseph van der Does de Willebois
(1816–1892)
27 August 1874 –
3 November 1877
Independent Jan Heemskerk
(Heemskerk-Van Lynden van Sandenburg)
Willem van Heeckeren van Kell Willem van Heeckeren van Kell
(1815–1914)
3 November 1877 –
19 August 1879
Independent Jan Kappeyne van de Coppello
(Kappeyne van de Coppello)
Theo van Lynden van Sandenburg Theo van Lynden van Sandenburg
(Prime Minister)
(1826–1885)
19 August 1879 –
15 September 1881 [Res]
Independent Theo van Lynden van Sandenburg
(Van Lynden van Sandenburg)
Willem Frederik Rochussen Willem Frederik Rochussen
(1832–1912)
15 September 1881 –
23 April 1883
Independent
Joseph van der Does de Willebois Joseph van der Does de Willebois
(1816–1892)
23 April 1883 –
1 November 1885 [Res]
Independent Jan Heemskerk
(J. Heemskerk)
Marc Willem du Tour van Bellinchave Marc Willem du Tour van Bellinchave
(Ad interim Minister of Justice)
(1835–1908)
10 August 1885 –
1 November 1885
Independent
Abraham van Karnebeek Abraham van Karnebeek
(1836–1925)
1 November 1885 –
21 April 1888
Independent
Cornelis Hartsen Cornelis Hartsen
(1823–1895)
21 April 1888 –
21 August 1891
Independent Aeneas Mackay
(Mackay)
Gijsbert van Tienhoven Gijsbert van Tienhoven
(Prime Minister)
(1841–1914)
21 August 1891 –
21 March 1894 [Res]
Independent Gijsbert van Tienhoven
(Van Tienhoven)
Joannes Coenraad Jansen Joannes Coenraad Jansen
(Ad interim Minister of the Navy)
(1840–1925)
21 March 1894 –
8 May 1894
Liberal Union
Joan Röell Joan Röell
(Prime Minister)
(1844–1914)
8 May 1894 –
27 July 1897
Independent Joan Röell
(Röell)
Willem Hendrik de Beaufort Willem Hendrik de Beaufort
(1845–1918)
27 July 1897 –
1 August 1901
Independent Nicolaas Pierson
(Pierson)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Robert Melvil van Lynden
(1843–1910)
1 August 1901 –
9 March 1905 [Res]
Anti-Revolutionary Party Abraham Kuyper
(Kuyper)
Abraham George Ellis Abraham George Ellis
(Ad interim Minister of the Navy)
(1846–1916)
9 March 1905 –
22 April 1905
Independent
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Willem Marcus van Weede
van Berencamp

(1848–1925)
22 April 1905 –
7 August 1905 [Res]
Independent
Abraham George Ellis Abraham George Ellis
(Ad interim Minister of the Navy)
(1846–1916)
7 August 1905 –
17 August 1905
Independent
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Dirk Arnold Willem van
Tets van Goudriaan

(1844–1930)
17 August 1905 –
12 February 1908
Independent Theo de Meester
(Meester)
René de Marees van Swinderen René de Marees van Swinderen
(1860–1955)
12 February 1908 –
29 August 1913
Independent Theo Heemskerk
(T. Heemskerk)
Pieter Cort van der Linden Pieter Cort van der Linden
(Ad interim Prime Minister)
(1846–1935)
29 August 1913 –
27 September 1913
Independent Pieter Cort van der Linden
(Cort van der Linden)
John Loudon John Loudon
(1866–1955)
27 September 1913 –
9 September 1918
Independent
Herman van Karnebeek Herman van Karnebeek
(1874–1942)
9 September 1918 –
1 April 1927 [Res]
Independent Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck III)
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn I)
Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer I)
Frans Beelaerts van Blokland Frans Beelaerts van Blokland
(1872–1956)
1 April 1927 –
20 April 1933 [Res]
Christian Historical Union Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer I)
Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck III)
Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
(Ad interim Prime Minister)
(1869–1944)
20 April 1933 –
26 May 1933
Roman-Catholic State Party Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
(Ruijs III)
Andries Cornelis Dirk de Graeff Andries Cornelis Dirk de Graeff
(1872–1957)
26 May 1933 –
24 June 1937
Independent Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn IIIII)
Hendrikus Colijn Hendrikus Colijn
(Ad interim Prime Minister)
(1869–1944)
24 June 1937 –
1 October 1937
Anti-Revolutionary Party Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn IV)
Jacob Patijn Jacob Adriaan Nicolaas Patijn
(1873–1961)
1 October 1937 –
10 August 1939
Independent Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn IV • Colijn V)
Eelco van Kleffens Eelco van Kleffens
(1894–1983)
10 August 1939 –
1 March 1946 [Res]
Independent Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer II)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy IIIIII)
Wim Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn-Drees)
Herman van Roijen Herman van Roijen
(1905–1991)
1 March 1946 –
3 July 1946
Independent Wim Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn-Drees)
Pim van Boetzelaer van Oosterhout Pim van Boetzelaer van Oosterhout
(1892–1986)
3 July 1946 –
7 August 1948
Independent Louis Beel
(Beel I)
Dirk Stikker Dirk Stikker
(1897–1979)
7 August 1948 –
2 September 1952
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Willem Drees
(Drees-Van SchaikDrees I)
Johan Beyen
Joseph Luns
Johan Beyen
(1897–1976)
Joseph Luns
(1911–2002)
2 September 1952 –
13 October 1956
Independent
(Beyen)
Catholic People's Party
(Luns)
Willem Drees
(Drees II)
Joseph Luns Joseph Luns
(1911–2002)
13 October 1956 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party Willem Drees
(Drees III)
Louis Beel
(Beel II)
Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
Jo Cals
(Cals)
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
Norbert Schmelzer Norbert Schmelzer
(1921–2008)
6 July 1971 –
11 May 1973
Catholic People's Party Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
Max van der Stoel Max van der Stoel
(1924–2011)
11 May 1973 –
19 December 1977
Labour Party Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
Chris van der Klaauw Chris van der Klaauw
(1924–2005)
19 December 1977 –
11 September 1981
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
Max van der Stoel Max van der Stoel
(1924–2011)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982 [Res]
Labour Party Dries van Agt
(Van Agt II)
Dries van Agt Dries van Agt
(Prime Minister)
(born 1931)
29 May 1982 –
4 November 1982
Christian Democratic Appeal Dries van Agt
(Van Agt III)
Hans van den Broek Hans van den Broek
(born 1936)
4 November 1982 –
2 January 1993 [Appt]
Christian Democratic Appeal Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers IIIIII)
Pieter Kooijmans Pieter Kooijmans
(1933–2013)
2 January 1993 –
22 August 1994
Christian Democratic Appeal Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Hans van Mierlo Hans van Mierlo
(Deputy Prime Minister)
(1931–2010)
22 August 1994 –
3 August 1998
Democrats 66 Wim Kok
(Kok I)
Jozias van Aartsen Jozias van Aartsen
(born 1947)
3 August 1998 –
22 July 2002
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Wim Kok
(Kok II)
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
(born 1948)
22 July 2002 –
3 December 2003 [Appt]
Christian Democratic Appeal Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende III)
Ben Bot Ben Bot
(born 1937)
3 December 2003 –
22 February 2007
Christian Democratic Appeal Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIII)
Maxime Verhagen Maxime Verhagen
(born 1956)
22 February 2007 –
14 October 2010
Christian Democratic Appeal Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IV)
Uri Rosenthal Uri Rosenthal
(born 1945)
14 October 2010 –
5 November 2012
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Mark Rutte
(Rutte I)
Frans Timmermans Frans Timmermans
(born 1961)
5 November 2012 –
17 October 2014 [Appt]
Labour Party Mark Rutte
(Rutte II)
Bert Koenders Bert Koenders
(born 1958)
17 October 2014 –
Incumbent
Labour Party
Res. Resigned.
Appt. Appointment: Hans van den Broek appointed European Commissioner 1993; Jaap de Hoop Scheffer appointed Secretary General of NATO 2003; Frans Timmermans appointed European Commissioner 2014.

Living former Ministers of Foreign Affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs Term Age
Dries van Agt 1982 (1931-02-02) 2 February 1931 (age 86)
Hans van den Broek 1982–1993 (1936-12-11) 11 December 1936 (age 80)
Jozias van Aartsen 1998–2002 (1947-12-25) 25 December 1947 (age 69)
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer 2002–2003 (1948-04-03) 3 April 1948 (age 69)
Ben Bot 2003–2007 (1937-11-21) 21 November 1937 (age 79)
Maxime Verhagen 2007–2010 (1956-09-14) 14 September 1956 (age 61)
Uri Rosenthal 2010–2012 (1945-07-19) 19 July 1945 (age 72)
Frans Timmermans 2012–2014 (1961-05-06) 6 May 1961 (age 56)

See also

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