Latvia and the Netherlands have close bilateral relations characterized by regular political dialogue, and broad and varied cooperation, especially in the fields of security, economy, culture, and education. Successful cooperation has been established within the European Union, NATO and other international organizations. Meetings in the “3+3” format regularly take place between the Baltic and Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg). Latvia and the Netherlands are united by a common understanding of European values and international challenges, and our relations are developing with a common goal of a united, secure and economically developed Europe. Latvia highly values the contribution of the Netherlands to promoting the security of the Baltic States. It is in Latvia’s interest to learn from the experience of the Netherlands and to identify new opportunities for cooperation in the implementation of green technologies.
Diplomatic relations between Latvia and the Netherlands were established on 24 March 1921. Following the restoration of independence, the Netherlands recognized the renewed Republic of Latvia on 27 August 1991.
Latvia in the Netherlands
Since 11 September 2019, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands is Aiga Liepiņa.
Latvia currently has three Honorary Consuls who serve in the Netherlands: Jacob Emmelkamp covering the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drente; Katarina Hartgers is responsible for the provinces of North Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht; Emile Bruschinski serving in the provinces of Limburg and North Brabant.
Most significant visits in 2022
|13-14 July 2022||visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to The Hague to attend the Ukraine Accountability Conference|
|14 June 2022||Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš’s visit to The Hague to help prepare for the 2022 Madrid summit|
|31 May-1 June 2022||Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš’s visit to Rotterdam to attend the European People’s Party Congress|
|30-31 May 2022||visit of the Prosecutor General, Juris Stukāns, to The Hague|
|11 April 2022||visit of the Minister of Defense of the Netherlands, Kajsa Ollongren, to Latvia|
|6 April 2022||meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Baltic and Benelux countries in Brussels|
|24 March 2022||Latvian Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns’ visit to The Hague to attend an international meeting on the investigation into war crimes in Ukraine|
|7 March 2022||visit of the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wopke Hoekstra, to Latvia|
Useful links about the Netherlands:
The Royal House: http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/
The Senate of the Parliament: http://www.eerstekamer.nl/
The Lower House of the parliament: http://www.tweede-kamer.nl/
The Netherlands Government: http://www.government.nl
The Netherlands Foreign Ministry - http://www.minbuza.nl
The Statistics Netherlands (CBS): http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/default.htm?languageswitch=on