Culture and Public Diplomacy

As the world becomes a smaller place and interdependence increases, the growing importance of culture in Dutch foreign policy is reflected in its use to help achieve political and social goals. Besides raising the Dutch cultural profile through the arts, cultural policy fosters appreciation of diversity in multicultural societies.

To present Dutch policy properly abroad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also investing in public diplomacy. By communicating effectively in a wide array of media, the Ministry ensures that our cultural profile abroad positively reflects our society's diversity and dynamism. The government can also improve the Netherlands' image by being a good host to the international organisations established in the Netherlands, such as the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.