National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

The international Nationaal Archief

The Nationaal Archief has numerous sources that bear witness to the Netherlands’ relations with other countries through the centuries. This includes countries that used to be Dutch territory or which are still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands today, such as Indonesia, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, as well as countries with which the Netherlands had strong trading ties, such as the countries around the Baltic Sea. The National Archief maintains close contacts with these and many other countries.


Our collection is of great international significance and therefore deserves to be more widely known both in the Netherlands and abroad. The Nationaal Archief draws lasting attention to its collection and expertise by cooperating with the countries with which the Netherlands has had historical ties and by actively participating in the international networks of archival institutions.

The Nationaal Archief plays an active role in the International Council on Archives (ICA) and aims to intensify this role in the years to come.

Programmes and projects

The international activities of the Nationaal Archief are comprehensive and diverse in terms of content and objectives. The development and exchange of knowledge on the conservation and digitisation of archival material are important activities. Increasing the accessibility of archival material and stimulating the use of archives also play a major role.

The Nationaal Archief participates and has participated in a large number of international programmes and projects:

Other international activities

Besides all the major programmes, the Nationaal Archief is also involved in smaller-scale international projects and activities. Exchanges take place regularly, involving numerous archival subjects.

For more information on the international activities of the Nationaal Archief, please send a message to