H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga


H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga

Ambassador of Netherlands to India


Since August 2012, I am the Ambassador of the Netherlands to India, Nepal and Bhutan.

In my vision our Embassy in New Delhi is the official point of contact between The Netherlands and the Indian governments as well as the lobbying organization for many Dutch interests in India. The Embassy is part of a bigger network in India, consisting of a Consulate General in Mumbai, Consulates and other representations all over India.

We represent the interests of central, regional and local Dutch government institutions, cultural and scientific institutions, the business community and of Dutch citizens in India, either residing here or travelling in India. As on my previous posting in Rome, my wife Heleni and I will work together to intensify the relations between our host country and the Netherlands.

India is growing, growing fast and is growing in interest for our country. Many Dutch companies are doing business with India, either by exporting from The Netherlands to India or from within India, through a subsidiary or an Indian partner. Yet I believe there are still many unused opportunities. Though smaller in size than India, The Netherlands has a lot to offer in interesting products, know how and experience. This website gives you a number of examples of sectors wherein Dutch entrepreneurs excel and in which more Indo Dutch cooperation can lead to win win models. The Dutch network in India is ready to help you.

At the same time more and more Indian companies discover The Netherlands as the ‘gateway to Europe’. Over 150 Indian companies are established in The Netherlands. We very much welcome more Indian companies to follow.

One of the priorities of Dutch foreign policy is the maintenance and fostering of international peace and legal order. India is playing an increasingly important role. I hope that more and more often our countries will find ways to join forces.

Not only Businessmen, but also artists, students and scientists have taken the step to this remarkable and diverse country. There are many opportunities for starting or deepening cooperation between India and the Netherlands. Those who are considering taking this step can count on my support in the coming years.

Thank you for visiting this website. Should you have any comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share them with me.