Vibeke Asbjørnsen
Vibeke Asbjørnsen, Director British Council Netherlands 

A warm welcome to all our friends and partners of the British Council in the Netherlands.

The work of the British Council in the Netherlands, and in the other 110 countries where we do our work, is the development of cultural relations. It’s people to people work, building understanding, trust and then collaboration, partnership and coproduction between the UK and the cultures and societies of the world.

Since my arrival in The Netherlands in early March of this year I have enjoyed connecting with our partners and contacts – even if digitally – to learn and to explore how we can continue to work together and support each other in these challenging times. I am also looking forward to face-to-face meetings over a cup of coffee in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

This year is a special year for the British Council Netherlands because we are celebrating our 75th anniversary. Building the space for cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands has been the mission of the British Council since we opened our office in the Netherlands in 1945. We believe that mission is more important today than ever before. We have a diverse online programme for teachers, Higher Education institutes and our other partners, so we hope to involve you in our celebrations this year.

At the moment our work in the Netherlands focuses on Arts, Education and Society and Exams. However, we are also delighted to be able to offer our new online English Courses.

You can find much more information about all our work on these pages and engage with us on our social media channels (e.g. on Facebook and Twitter). Whether you are discovering us for the first time or are a long-term friend, we hope to stay connected with you for many years to come.

I look forward to meeting you and celebrating our 75th anniversary with you.