The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 

We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

75 years of Cultural Relations in the Netherlands
We have been working in the Netherlands since 1945 and collaborate with Dutch organisations to foster connections between the Netherlands and the UK. We enable Dutch and British organisations and individuals to share their insight, expertise and knowledge, which results in bespoke programmes and partnerships to mutually benefit the Netherlands and the UK. 

In 2020-21 the British Council marked its 75th anniversary in the Netherlands. Find out how cultural relations have transformed the Netherlands, the UK and the rest Europe, and become part of our mission to forge a better future through English language, arts, higher education and science.

Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, civil society representatives, creatives and entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands we are registered as a cultural ANBI. Our VAT tax number is 8003.71.835.B.01.

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