On this web site you will find information about the central government of the Netherlands: policy areas, issues, pictures, news, information about the ministries and the cabinet, documents and publications.

How does the web site work?

The information on this web site is classified into 8 Policy areas themes. Each Policy area contains information about individual Issues. For each Issue you will find a brief introduction, news, useful links, documents and background information. has a number of main entries, which you can find in the menu bar at the top of the page:

  • Under ‘News’ you will find all the news items from the central government. The most topical news items are highlighted.
  • Under ‘Issues’ you will find an alphabetical list of all the Issues on which you can find information on the web site. You can sort by Issue and Policy area.
  • Under ‘Ministries’ you will find a list of the ministries that together form the central government. By clicking on a ministry you can access the web site of the ministry concerned. Here you can find more information about the organisation, minister and state secretary/secretaries, addresses and telephone numbers and the most important policy topics of that ministry.
  • Under ‘Government’ you will find news and background information on the central government and the Cabinet. Besides the  government's policy statement, the coalition agreement and the parliamentary support agreement, you will find a list of the ministers and state secretaries that make up the government.
  • Under ‘Documents and publications’ you will find relevant documents and publications from the central government, such as news items, press releases, parliamentary documents, speeches, annual reports, videos, leaflets and reports.

If relevant, links to web sites not administered by the central government. These links are in most cases offered under the heading ‘See also’. In other cases it is clearly indicated that the link goes to an external web site. The central government is not responsible for the content and topicality of those web sites.

Searching within the web site

At the top on the right, you can fill in a random search term in the search field. By clicking on the search button, a list of the pages containing the word or words of your search command appears. Moreover:

  • Searching with upper-case letters gives the same results as with lower-case letters.Searching with special symbols (such as in Curaçao, for example) gives the same results as without special symbols.If you put a search term between double quotation marks, the search engine will search on that exact part of the sentence.
  • You get better search results if you place a * after the word or term you are searching.


Various documents are provided in PDF (Portable Document Format) form on In order to read and print PDF files you need the appropriate program. Such programmes exist for different computer platforms, such as Windows, Mac OS and Linux. They are usually available free of charge on the Internet.


The videos on the web site are shown in Flash Video. To view a video you need the Adobe Flash Player program. You can Flash Player free of charge. If you cannot use Flash Video, alternatives are offered. You can also download the videos in various formats.

The video films are provided with subtitles and audio description (picture information). Click on CC at the bottom of the video player for the subtitles and on AD to activate the audio description. With the other options, the video can be shown filling the screen or the sound adjusted.

The video films are provided with subtitles and audio description (picture information). Click on CC at the bottom of the video player for the subtitles and on AD to activate the audio description. With the other options, the video can be shown filling the screen or the sound adjusted.


Do you want to remain informed about topical communications from central government? Then you can subscribe to RSS feeds. RSS ensures that you do not have to visit different web sites to see if anything new has been published. You receive an automatic message if this is the case. You can subsequently click through to the message in question.

To receive a RSS feed you need a RSS reader. With a RSS reader you can combine the RSS feeds from the sites you have selected into one overview. Various free RSS readers are available online.

As soon as you have installed a RSS reader, you can add the desired RSS feeds:

  • Click on a RSS feed with the right-hand Mouse button and select 'Copy link'.
  • In the RSS reader click on the 'Add new feed' button. You can then input the copied link (paste).


Any form of re-use of the content of this site is allowed unless it is clearly indicated for a certain component (for example, a photograph) that a copyright exception applies. You can read more about copyright on this web site under Copyright.


Personal data that are collected via this site are used by central government only for the purpose for which you left them. Central government thereby complies with the privacy legislation. You can read more about the privacy policy under Privacy.

Questions and observations

Great care is taken to provide information that is as complete, correct, topical and accessible as possible on this site. We strive to keep the site as complete and user-friendly as possible. The site is constantly in development.

Questions, comments and suggestions about the functioning and design of the site can be submitted via the contact form.


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