List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the
Netherlands
Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken
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Frans Timmermans
Incumbent
Frans Timmermans

since November 5, 2012
Style Excellency
Appointer Mark Rutte
Inaugural holder Willem Berend Buys
Formation March 9, 1798; 216 years ago (1798-03-09)
Salary €144,000 (including €7887,24 expenses)
Website Ministry of Foreign Affairs

List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs[edit]

Minister of Foreign Affairs Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Gerrit Schimmelpenninck Gerrit Schimmelpenninck
(also Prime Minister)
March 25, 1848 -
May 17, 1848[Res]
Indep. Gerrit Schimmelpenninck
(Schimmelpenninck)
Arnold Adolf Bentinck van Nijenhuis May 17, 1848 -
November 21, 1848
Indep.
Leonardus Antonius Lightenvelt November 21, 1848 -
November 1, 1849
Indep. Jacob de Kempenaer
(De Kempenaer-Donker Curtius)
Herman van Sonsbeeck November 1, 1849 -
October 16, 1852[Res]
Indep. Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke I)
Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt October 16, 1852 -
April 19, 1853
Indep.
Floris Adriaan van Hall Floris Adriaan van Hall
(also Prime Minister)
April 19, 1853 -
July 1, 1856
Indep. Floris Adriaan van Hall
(Van Hall-Donker Curtius)
Daniël Théodore Gevers van Endegeest July 1, 1856 -
March 18, 1858
Indep. Justinus van der Brugghen
(Van der Brugghen)
Jan Karel van Goltstein March 18, 1858 -
February 23, 1860
Indep. Jan Jacob Rochussen
(Rochussen)
Floris Adriaan van Hall Floris Adriaan van Hall
(ad interim, as
Prime Minister)
February 23, 1860 -
April 4, 1860
Indep. Floris Adriaan van Hall
(Van Hall-Van Heemstra)
Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt March 8, 1860 -
January 14, 1861[Res]
Indep.
Louis Napoleon van der Goes van Dirxland January 14, 1861 -
March 14, 1861
Indep.
Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(also Prime Minister)
March 14, 1861 -
November 10, 1861[Res]
Indep. Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(Van Zuylen van Nijevelt-Van Heemstra)
Martin Pascal Hubert Strens
(ad interim)
November 10, 1861 -
February 1, 1862
Indep. Schelto van Heemstra
(Van Zuylen van Nijevelt-Van Heemstra)
Anthony Jan Lucas Stratenus
(ad interim)
February 1, 1862 -
March 12, 1862
Indep.t Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke II)
Paul Therèse van der Maesen de Sombreff March 12, 1862 -
January 2, 1864
Indep.
Willem Huyssen van Kattendijke Willem Huyssen van Kattendijke
(ad interim, as
Minister of the Navy)
January 2, 1864 -
March 15, 1864
Indep.
Eppo Cremers March 15, 1864 -
June 1, 1866
Indep. Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke II)
Isaäc Dignus Fransen van de Putte
(Fransen van de Putte)
Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(also Prime Minister)
June 1, 1866 -
June 4, 1868
Indep. Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt
(Van Zuylen van Nijevelt)
Joannes Josephus van Mulken Joannes Josephus van Mulken
(ad interim, as
Minister of War)
June 4, 1868 -
June 8, 1868
Indep. Pieter Philip van Bosse
(Van Bosse-Fock)
Theodorus Marinus Roest van Limburg
(ad interim, June 8—Sept. 1, 1868)
June 8, 1868 -
December 12, 1870[Res]
Indep.
Joannes Josephus van Mulken Joannes Josephus van Mulken
(ad interim, as
Minister of War)
December 12, 1870 -
January 4, 1871
Indep.
Louis Gericke van Herwijnen Louis Gericke van Herwijnen January 18, 1871 -
August 27, 1874
Indep. Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
(Thorbecke III)
Gerrit de Vries
(De Vries-Fransen van de Putte)
Joseph van der Does de Willebois Joseph van der Does de Willebois August 27, 1874 -
November 3, 1877
Indep. Jan Heemskerk
(Heemskerk-Van Lynden van Sandenburg)
Willem van Heeckeren van Kell Willem van Heeckeren van Kell November 3, 1877 -
August 19, 1879
Indep. Jan Kappeyne van de Coppello
(Kappeyne van de Coppello)
Theo van Lynden van Sandenburg Theo van Lynden van Sandenburg
(also Prime Minister)
August 19, 1879 -
September 15, 1881[Res]
Indep. Theo van Lynden van Sandenburg
(Van Lynden van Sandenburg)
Willem Frederik Rochussen Willem Frederik Rochussen September 15, 1881 -
April 23, 1883
Indep.
Joseph van der Does de Willebois Joseph van der Does de Willebois April 23, 1883 -
November 1, 1885[Res]
Indep. Jan Heemskerk
(J. Heemskerk)
Marc Willem du Tour van Bellinchave Marc Willem du Tour van Bellinchave
(ad interim, as
Minister of Justice)
August 10, 1885 -
November 1, 1885
Indep.
Abraham van Karnebeek Abraham van Karnebeek November 1, 1885 -
April 21, 1888
Indep.
Cornelis Hartsen Cornelis Hartsen April 21, 1888 -
August 21, 1891
Independent Æneas Mackay
(Mackay)
Gijsbert van Tienhoven Gijsbert van Tienhoven
(also Prime Minister)
August 21, 1891 -
March 21, 1894[Res]
Indep. Gijsbert van Tienhoven
(Van Tienhoven)
Joannes Coenraad Jansen Joannes Coenraad Jansen
(ad interim, as
Minister of the Navy)
March 21, 1894 -
May 8, 1894
LU
Joan Röell Joan Röell
(also Prime Minister)
May 8, 1894 -
July 27, 1897
Indep. Joan Röell
(Röell)
Willem Hendrik de Beaufort Willem Hendrik de Beaufort July 27, 1897 -
August 1, 1901
Indep. Nicolaas Pierson
(Pierson)
Robert Melvil van Lynden August 1, 1901 -
March 9, 1905[Res]
ARP Abraham Kuyper
(Kuyper)
Abraham George Ellis Abraham George Ellis
(ad interim, as
Minister of the Navy)
March 9, 1905 -
April 22, 1905
Indep.
Willem Marcus van Weede van Berencamp April 22, 1905 -
August 7, 1905[Res]
Indep.
Abraham George Ellis Abraham George Ellis
(ad interim, as
Minister of the Navy)
August 7, 1905 -
August 17, 1905
Indep.
Dirk Arnold Willem van Tets van Goudriaan August 17, 1905 -
February 12, 1908
Indep. Theo de Meester
(Meester)
René de Marees van Swinderen René de Marees van Swinderen February 12, 1908 -
August 29, 1913
Indep. Theo Heemskerk
(T. Heemskerk)
Pieter Cort van der Linden Pieter Cort van der Linden
(ad interim, as
Prime Minister)
August 29, 1913 -
September 27, 1913
Indep. Pieter Cort van der Linden
(Cort van der Linden)
John Loudon John Loudon September 27, 1913 -
September 9, 1918
Indep.
Herman van Karnebeek Herman van Karnebeek September 9, 1918 -
April 1, 1927[Res]
Indep. Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck III)
Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn I)
Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer I)
Frans Beelaerts van Blokland Frans Beelaerts van Blokland April 1, 1927 -
April 20, 1933[Res]
CHU Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer I)
Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
(Ruijs de Beerenbrouck III)
Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
(ad interim, as
Prime Minister)
April 20, 1933 -
May 26, 1933
RKSP Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
(Ruijs III)
Andries Cornelis Dirk de Graeff Andries Cornelis Dirk de Graeff May 26, 1933 -
June 24, 1937
Indep. Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn IIIII)
Hendrikus Colijn Hendrikus Colijn
(ad interim, as
Prime Minister)
June 24, 1937 -
October 1, 1937
ARP Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn IV)
Jacob Adriaan Nicolaas Patijn October 1, 1937 -
August 10, 1939
Indep. Hendrikus Colijn
(Colijn IVV)
Eelco van Kleffens Eelco van Kleffens August 10, 1939 -
March 1, 1946[Res]
Indep. Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer II)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy IIIIII)
Wim Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn-Drees)
Herman van Roijen March 1, 1946 -
July 3, 1946
Indep. Wim Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn-Drees)
Pim van Boetzelaer van Oosterhout Pim van Boetzelaer van Oosterhout July 3, 1946 -
August 7, 1948
Indep. Louis Beel
(Beel I)
Dirk Stikker Dirk Stikker August 7, 1948 -
September 2, 1952
VVD Willem Drees
(Drees-Van SchaikDrees I)
Joseph Luns
Johan Willem Beyen
Joseph Luns &
Johan Willem Beyen
September 2, 1952 –
July 7, 1956
KVP (Luns)
Indep. (Beyen)
Willem Drees
(Drees II)
Joseph Luns Joseph Luns July 7, 1956 –
July 6, 1971
KVP Willem Drees (Drees III)
Louis Beel (Beel II)
Jan de Quay (De Quay)
Victor Marijnen (Marijnen)
Jo Cals (Cals)
Jelle Zijlstra (Zijlstra)
Piet de Jong (De Jong)
Norbert Schmelzer Norbert Schmelzer July 6, 1971 –
May 11, 1973
KVP Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
Max van der Stoel Max van der Stoel May 11, 1973 –
December 19, 1977
PvdA Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
Chris van der Klaauw Chris van der Klaauw December 19, 1977 -
September 11, 1981
VVD Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
Max van der Stoel Max van der Stoel September 11, 1981 –
May 29, 1982[Res]
PvdA Dries van Agt
(Van Agt II)
Dries van Agt Dries van Agt
(ad interim, as
Prime Minister)
May 29, 1982 –
November 4, 1982
CDA Dries van Agt
(Van Agt III)
Hans van den Broek Hans van den Broek November 4, 1982 -
January 2, 1993[Appt]
CDA Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers IIIIII)
Pieter Kooijmans Pieter Kooijmans January 2, 1993 –
August 22, 1994
CDA Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Hans van Mierlo Hans van Mierlo
(also Deputy Prime Minister)
August 22, 1994 –
August 3, 1998
D66 Wim Kok
(Kok I)
Jozias van Aartsen Jozias van Aartsen August 3, 1998 –
July 22, 2002
VVD Wim Kok
(Kok II)
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Jaap de Hoop Scheffer July 22, 2002 –
December 3, 2003[Appt]
CDA Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende III)
Ben Bot Ben Bot December 3, 2003 –
February 22, 2007
CDA Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIII)
Maxime Verhagen Maxime Verhagen February 22, 2007 –
October 14, 2010
CDA Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IV)
Uri Rosenthal Uri Rosenthal October 14, 2010 –
November 5, 2012
VVD Mark Rutte
(Rutte I)
Frans Timmermans Frans Timmermans November 5, 2012 – PvdA Mark Rutte
(Rutte II)
Res. Resigned.
Appt. Appointment: Hans van den Broek appointed European Commissioner 1993; Jaap de Hoop Scheffer appointed Secretary General of NATO 2003.

Living former Ministers of Foreign Affairs[edit]

Minister of Foreign Affairs Term Age
Dries van Agt 1982 (1931-02-02) February 2, 1931 (age 83)
Hans van den Broek 1982–1993 (1936-12-11) December 11, 1936 (age 77)
Jozias van Aartsen 1998–2002 (1947-12-25) December 25, 1947 (age 66)
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer 2002–2003 (1948-04-03) April 3, 1948 (age 66)
Ben Bot 2003–2007 (1937-11-21) November 21, 1937 (age 76)
Maxime Verhagen 2007–2010 (1956-09-14) September 14, 1956 (age 57)
Uri Rosenthal 2010-2012 (1945-07-19) July 19, 1945 (age 69)
Frans Timmermans 2012- (1961-05-06) May 6, 1961 (age 53)

List of Ministers without Portfolio for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs[edit]

Minister for Aid to
Developing Countries
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Theo Bot Theo Bot April 14, 1965 –
April 5, 1967
KVP Jo Cals
(Cals)
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
Berend Jan Udink Berend Jan Udink April 5, 1967 –
July 6, 1971
CHU Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
Minister for
Development Cooperation
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Kees Boertien Kees Boertien July 6, 1971 –
May 11, 1973
ARP Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
Jan Pronk Jan Pronk May 11, 1973 –
December 19, 1977
PvdA Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
Jan de Koning Jan de Koning December 19, 1977 –
September 11, 1981
ARP
CDA
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
Kees van Dijk Kees van Dijk September 11, 1981 –
November 4, 1982
CDA Dries van Agt
(Van Agt IIIII)
Eegje Schoo Eegje Schoo November 4, 1982 –
July 14, 1986
VVD Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers I)
Piet Bukman Piet Bukman July 14, 1986 –
November 7, 1989
CDA Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers II)
Jan Pronk Jan Pronk November 7, 1989 –
August 3, 1998
PvdA Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Wim Kok
(Kok I)
Eveline Herfkens Eveline Herfkens August 3, 1998 –
July 22, 2002
PvdA Wim Kok
(Kok II)
Agnes van Ardenne Agnes van Ardenne May 27, 2003 –
February 22, 2007
CDA Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIII)
Bert Koenders Bert Koenders February 22, 2007 –
February 23, 2010[Res]
PvdA Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IV)
Maxime Verhagen Maxime Verhagen
(as Minister of Foreign Affairs)
February 23, 2010 –
October 14, 2010
CDA
Minister for Foreign Trade
and Development Cooperation
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Lilianne Ploumen Lilianne Ploumen November 5, 2012 – PvdA Mark Rutte
(Rutte II)
Res. Resigned.

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