Government of Amsterdam

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The Government of Amsterdam is the government of the municipality and city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Most of the inhabitants live in the city of Amsterdam, but the municipality also covers a number of small villages, and other parts of the local government, such as the Waterschap or the bridge management, cover an even larger area.

The administrative district borders Diemen, Weesp, Abcoude, Ouder-Amstel and Amstelveen in the south, Haarlemmermeer and Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude in the west, and Zaanstad, Oostzaan, Landsmeer and Waterland in the north.

Population centers[edit]

Amsterdam, Driemond, Durgerdam, Holysloot, 't Nopeind, Osdorp, Ransdorp, Sloten, Sloterdijk, Zunderdorp.

Local government[edit]

City council 2006-2010[edit]

As all Dutch municipalities, the municipality of Amsterdam is governed by a mayor, burgemeester, his aldermen, wethouders, and the municipal council, gemeenteraad.

After the 2006 municipal elections a coalition was formed between PvdA and GroenLinks, with a majority of 27 out of 45. These elections saw a political landslide throughout the country, with a strong shift to the left, of which Amsterdam was a prime example. The much talked about all-left-wing coalition of PvdA, GroenLinks and SP that polls indicate would become possible after the national elections of 2006 and that was such a political success in Nijmegen had its largest majority in Amsterdam, apart from some small towns. PvdA even needed only 3 more seats to form a coalition and could thus take its pick, which forced potential coalition partners to give in on a lot of issues. In the case of GroenLinks, this was mostly the policy of preventive searching by the police, which they were opposed to but had to allow.

In total, 24 parties took part in the elections, including 11 new ones, but only 7 got seats. Amsterdam Anders/De groenen got assigned one seat at first, but lost it after redistibution, which in the Netherlands is done through a system that favours big parties. In 2002 they only just missed out on a second seat in a similar manner.

municipal executive
Name Portfolio Party
Job Cohen mayor
Safety & Internal Affairs
Lodewijk Asscher vice-mayor
Finance & the Economy
Freek Ossel Education & Income PvdA
Carolien Gehrels Culture & Recreation PvdA
Tjeerd Herrema Transport & Housing PvdA
Maarten van Poelgeest Spatial Planning GL
Marijke Vos Environment & Healthcare GL
municipal legislative
Party seats change
PvdA 20 +5
VVD 8 -1
GroenLinks 7 +1
SP 6 +2
CDA 2 -2
D66 2 -1
AA/De Groenen 0 -1
Mokum Mobiel 0 -1
Total 45 -

City council 2010-2014[edit]

Dutch municipal elections, 2010:

municipal executive
Name Portfolio Party
Eberhard van der Laan mayor
Safety & Internal Affairs
Pieter Hilhorst [1] vice-mayor
Finance & Education
Freek Ossel Housing PvdA
Carolien Gehrels Economy & Culture PvdA
Eric van der Burg Healthcare & Schiphol VVD
Eric Wiebes Transport VVD
Maarten van Poelgeest Spatial Planning GL
Andrée van Es Income GL
municipal legislative
Party seats change
PvdA 15 -5
VVD 8 0
GroenLinks 7 0
D66 7 +5
SP 3 -3
CDA 2 0
Save Amsterdam 1 +1
Proud of the Netherlands 1 +1
Party for the Animals 1 +1
Total 45 -


Amsterdam aldermen at their installation in 2006 from left to right: Tjeerd Herrema, Maarten van Poelgeest, Marijke Vos, Carolien Gehrels, Ahmed Aboutaleb and Lodewijk Asscher.
7 Boroughs of Amsterdam.

Unlike most other Dutch municipalities, Amsterdam is subdivided into 7 boroughs (stadsdelen), a system that was implemented in the 1980s and significantly reformed in 2014. Before 2014, the boroughs were responsible for many activities that previously had been run by the central city. The idea was to bring the government closer to the people. All of these had their own council, chosen by a popular election. Local decisions were made at borough level, and only affairs pertaining the whole city (like major infrastructural projects), were delegated to the central city council. As of 2014, the powers of the boroughs have been significantly reduced, although they still have an elected council.

The boroughs are:

The eighth, Westpoort, covers the harbour of Amsterdam. Because it has very few inhabitants it is governed by the central municipal council.


The mayor of Amsterdam is the head of the city council. The current mayor-designate is Eberhard van der Laan (PvdA). The mayors since the World War II are:

See also: List of mayors of Amsterdam.

International cooperation[edit]


  1. ^ Replacing Lodewijk Asscher since November 28, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Bureau Internationale Betrekkingen". Bureau Internationale Betrekkingen, City of Amsterdam. Archived from the original on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 

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Coordinates: 52°22′N 4°53′E / 52.367°N 4.883°E / 52.367; 4.883