Hello, and welcome to the website of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London! My name is Simon Smits, and I am the Dutch Ambassador to the United Kingdom. I arrived here on 10 September 2015, after working for five years as the Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations in The Hague. Read more...
My wife Astrid, who joins me in London, is working for the International Institute of Social Research in The Hague. We have four sons, all of whom live in the Netherlands.
This is not my first stay in the United Kingdom. During my Master’s in English Language and Literature (with International Law) at Amsterdam Free University, I won a Harting Fellowship to Manchester College, Oxford.
The United Kingdom and the Netherlands are important historical, cultural, political and economic partners. The Dutch and the British share and stand for the same core values, such as rule of law, democracy, freedom of speech and non-discrimination.
It is my aim to further strengthen and expand this essential partnership. The Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January – June 2016) will provide an excellent opportunity for us to do this.
Enjoy visiting our website!