Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

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Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Dutch: Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties
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Logo of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
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Building of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Department overview
Formed12 March 1798; 221 years ago (1798-03-12)
JurisdictionKingdom of the Netherlands
HeadquartersTurfmarkt 147, The Hague, Netherlands
Annual budget3,8 billion (2018)[1]
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Department executive
  • Hans van der Vlist, Secretary-General
WebsiteMinistry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Dutch: Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties; BZK) is the Dutch Ministry responsible for Domestic policy, Civil service, Public administration, Elections, Local governments, Intelligence and Kingdom Relations. The Ministry was created in 1798 as the Department of Internal Police to monitor the state of dikes, roads and waters of the Batavian Republic. In 1876, it became the Ministry of the Interior and had several name changes before adopting its current name in 1998.

The Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Dutch: Minister van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties) is the head of the Ministry and a member of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. The current Minister is Kajsa Ollongren who also serves as Second Deputy Prime Minister, and who has been in office since 26 October 2017.[2]

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A precursor of the ministry, the Department for Internal Policy and Supervision on the State of Water Works, was founded in the Batavian Republic in 1798. This department was renamed Ministry of the Interior in 1801, and this name carried through when the Netherlands regained its independence in 1813. Its initial scope included such diverse policy areas as education, commerce, public health and telegraphy. As the role of the government expanded with the advent of the welfare state in the late 19th and early 20th century, several of these policy areas were transferred to other ministries or given their own ministry. This started in 1877, when the Ministry of Water Management, Commerce and Industry was established. This development continued in the 20th century. In 1918, public housing was transferred to the Ministry of Labour, and a Ministry of Education, Arts and Science was established. The ministry was briefly renamed Ministry of the Interior and Agriculture in 1923, but agriculture was transferred to the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1932.

More recently, the ministry has gained certain competences. In 1998, the responsibilities previously falling under the Cabinet for Netherlands Antillean and Aruban Affairs, a remnant of the Ministry of Colonial Affairs, were given to the ministry, which was renamed Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, referring to the relations between the different constituent countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 2010, security policy, including police and fire services, were transferred to the newly created Ministry of Security and Justice, while the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations regained public housing in return.[3]


The Ministry is called the "Mother of all Ministries" because most ministries, like the former Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and Ministry of Education, Culture and Science split from the ministry at one time or another. It is also called the "residual ministry", because it is left with a diverse set of responsibilities after these splits. The Ministry concerns itself with the following issues:[4]

Because it shares so many responsibilities, and has twin buildings (both old and new) with the Ministry of Justice and Security, they are sometimes called the twin ministries.


The Ministry has currently three Government Agencies and two Directorates:

Government Agencies Responsibilities
Safety Board
(Dutch: Onderzoeksraad Voor Veiligheid)
OVV Accidents and Incidents Investigation
Government Real Estate Agency Government Real Estate Agency
(Dutch: Rijksvastgoedbedrijf)
RVB Real estate
Independent government Agency Responsibilities
General Intelligence and Security Service
(Dutch: Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst)
AIVD Intelligence agencySecret service
  • Directorate for Public Administration (DGOO)
  • Directorate for Management and Personnel Policy (BW)
  • Directorate for Constitutional Affairs and Kingdom Relations (CKR)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) Begroting 2018, Rijksoverheid
  2. ^ "Vicepremier Kajsa Ollongren (D66), een vertrouweling van Rutte" (in Dutch). NOS. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties (BZK)". Parlement & Politiek (in Dutch). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations". Retrieved 8 January 2018.

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