Schelto Patijn

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Schelto Patijn
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Mayor of Amsterdam
In office
June 1, 1994 – January 1, 2001
Preceded by Ed van Thijn
Succeeded by Job Cohen
Queen's Commissioner of South Holland
In office
June 16, 1984 – June 1, 1994
Monarch Beatrix
Preceded by Maarten Vrolijk
Succeeded by Joan Leemhuis-Stout
Member of the European Parliament
for the Netherlands
In office
July 3, 1973 – July 16, 1979
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
May 28, 1973 – June 16, 1984
Personal details
Born Schelto Patijn
(1936-08-13)August 13, 1936
The Hague, Netherlands
Died July 15, 2007(2007-07-15) (aged 70)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Elisabeth Stroink
Children 3
Alma mater Utrecht University (LL.B., PhD)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Religion Reformed Protestant

Schelto Patijn [ˈsxɛɫtoː pɑˈtɛin] (August 13, 1936 – July 15, 2007) was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). He served as Queen's Commissioner in the Province of South Holland from June 16, 1984 until June 1, 1994 when he stepped down to become Mayor of Amsterdam, he served from June 1, 1994 until January 1, 2001.[1]


Early life[edit]

Patijn was the second son of Conny Patijn, a Member of the House of Representatives, from 1956 until 1967, and Sara van Citters. He was a descendant of Michiel de Ruyter, he was named after the father of his mother, politician Schelto van Citters.

Patijn went to school at the liberal Vrijzinnig-Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague from 1948 to 1954. After that he studied Law at the Utrecht University and became a member of the Utrechtsch Students Corps. Patijn graduated in 1959. He fulfilled his military duty in which he rose to the rank of reserve-first lieutenant of the royal military police. In 1961–1962 he followed a post-academic study in Washington D.C. Hereafter he was a policy employee at the European Integration Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, up to 1967 when he changed to the Europe institute of the University of Leiden. Initially he worked there as a scientific employee, but in 1971, he became director of the institute.

Patijn received a doctorate degree in September 1973 from the Utrecht University on: 'the European Parliament, the fight for its powers'.


In 1973, his political career also started. Patijn was a Member of the House of Representatives from May 28, 1973 until June 16, 1984, and from July 3, 1973 until July 16, 1979 a Member of the European Parliament.

In the House of Representatives he was spokesman for the right to vote and spokesman European matter. From December 1978 to August 1979 Patijn was President of a special commission to examine who had knowledge of the war past of Willem Aantjes, how they had come to this knowledge and if someone had been using it. Patijn voted in 1980 for a Dutch boycott of the Olympic Games in Moscow. Early 1982 he was candidate Mayor of Rotterdam, but minister Ed van Thijn preferred the 42-year-old Bram Peper. At the constitutional revision of 1983 Patijn played an important role.

On 16 June 1984 Patijn became commissioner of the queen in the province Zuid-Holland. In that function he signed a decision of provincial states of Zuid-Holland on 30 August 1988, that later lead to a financial schandal (in 1999).

By 1 June 1994 Patijn became Mayor of Amsterdam. He succeeded Ed van Thijn, who in January of that year had left to succeed the deceased Ien Dales as minister of home affairs in the Cabinet Lubbers III. Patijn was a remarkable choice, because a tradition appeared to be emerging to appoint a Jewish mayor in the municipality of Amsterdam. He was to be the commissioner of the queen of the still to be formed town province of Amsterdam. When however the town province was voted down by referendum, one mayor job only remained for Patijn; actually a degradation for a commissioner of the queen.

As a Mayor wild Patijn initially the number of halves coffee shops in the capital. He got within some years a pet name (Ome shrill) and a supporter club. Much critical he got however on to links lay of the Vrijmarkt with Koninginnedag.

Patijn was succeeded on 1 January 2001 by Job Cohen. After stepping down as mayor he continued live in Amsterdam, even though it was his intention to return to The Hague.[2]


In February 2001 Patijn was asked to be vice-chairman of the Labour Party, but he withdrew due to health reasons. In 2004, Patijn was the President of a Labour Party-projectgroup which wrote a report regarding integration and immigration.

Patijn married Elisabeth Stroink on 12 July 1961. The couple had three children. After a long spell with health problems, Schelto Patijn died in the summer of 2007. He was 70. After a private commemoration in the Westerkerk, Patijn was buried in the Amsterdam cemetery Zorgvlied.

His father outlived him by a few months, until his own death on September 7, 2007 at the age of 98.[3]



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Political offices
Preceded by
Maarten Vrolijk
Queen's Commissioner of South Holland
Succeeded by
Joan Leemhuis-Stout
Preceded by
Ed van Thijn
Mayor of Amsterdam
Succeeded by
Job Cohen