Do you remember the first time you went abroad? Perhaps you travelled on the back seat of your parents’ car, to France or Germany for a holiday. You were probably even a bit bored – until you crossed the border into a strange new world. Different roads, different houses, a different language. It all seems magical when you’re young.

For many Dutch people, that first magical encounter sparks a fascination – with the world, with other cultures, with travel, with doing business abroad or with world politics. That’s not surprising when you live in a small country like the Netherlands. After all, what happens abroad affects us all.

What happens abroad affects us all

Expand its mission abroad

A third of the Dutch working population owe their jobs to international trade and investment. That’s why our diplomats provide support to Dutch businesses. Like Tony’s Chocolonely, the chocolate company that wants to expand its mission abroad. Or Dopper, whose distinctive water bottle is conquering the world drop by drop, with the help of this Ministry’s embassies and international networks. In this magazine you can read about the partnerships between these companies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Many more Dutch people travel or live abroad. ‘The world is too beautiful to stay at home’, says broadcaster Floortje Dessing – the Netherlands’ most famous ‘professional traveller’. She stresses that it’s important to be well prepared. That’s why she was at the launch of our 24/7 BZ Contact Centre. Its staff work round the clock to provide help and advice to Dutch nationals abroad, whether they need to replace a lost passport or are being evacuated from their homes after an earthquake.

Foreign Affairs is one of the most desirable employers, and with good reason

Just and safer world

A third of the Dutch working population owe their jobs to international trade and investment. That’s why our diplomats provide support to Dutch businesses. Like Tony’s Chocolonely, the chocolate company that wants to expand its mission abroad. Or Dopper, whose distinctive water bottle is conquering the world drop by drop, with the help of this Ministry’s embassies and international networks. In this magazine you can read about the partnerships between these companies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Many more Dutch people travel or live abroad. ‘The world is too beautiful to stay at home’, says broadcaster Floortje Dessing – the Netherlands’ most famous ‘professional traveller’. She stresses that it’s important to be well prepared. That’s why she was at the launch of our 24/7 BZ Contact Centre. Its staff work round the clock to provide help and advice to Dutch nationals abroad, whether they need to replace a lost passport or are being evacuated from their homes after an earthquake.