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The Embassy of the Netherlands in Berlin

Contact

Address: Klosterstraße 50, Berlin, D-10179

Tel.:  +49 (0)30 20 95 60
Fax : +49 (0)30 20 95 64 41

E-mail: bln@minbuza.nl

The Ambassador

Amb. Wepke Kingma

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Wepke Kingma was born on September 16th, 1955 in Den Haag, the Netherlands. He is married and is currently serving the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Kingma completed his Bachelors of International Relations at the University of Amsterdam in 1979 and in 1980 he finished his Masters of Law at Columbia Law School in New York. Directly after his studies, Kingma began working within the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He worked in various positions and in 1995 he was appointed leader of the General Integration Department at the Center for European Integration in Den Haag. In 1999 he moved to Pretoria, South Africa to work at the Dutch Embassy there as leader of the Development Department. In 2002 upon his return to the Netherlands he began working as a consultant for the Prime Minister regarding European Political Policy.

In 2005 he returned to the Foreign Ministry to work as the leader of the Regional Department for Sub-Sahara Africa until 2008 when he returned to his position as leader of the Department for European Integration in the Foreign Ministry.

In 2011 he took up a second position as leader of the Council for European Cooperation. In 2013 he left both leadership positions to become permanent representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union in Brussels. In 2017 Kimga became the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Federal Republic of Germany.

History

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Modern relations between the Netherlands and Germany were established after the Second World War. Both states pride themselves on their relationship which is based on tolerance, peace and prosperity. As some of the original co-founders of the European Union, the Netherlands and Germany have been closely involved in the ups and downs of European issues. The two have similar views about environmental policy, development policy and the economics. However, Dutch politicians are much more reticent about the EU than their German colleagues. Germany is the main trading partner and the largest export destination for Dutch products. This is not surprising because Germany is an economic superpower.

Mission

The mission of the Dutch Embassy is to maintain the good relations between Germany and the Netherlands and to increase the mutual understanding of each other's interests.