Russian-Dutch cultural ties are an essential component of bilateral relations. The Netherlands is one of the leading nations among West-European countries which take part in cultural exchanges with Russia. After they received a powerful boost in 1996-1998 during the unprecedented celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the arrival of tsar Peter the Great to the Netherlands, they have maintained their intensity in the following years as well. The Dutch cultural policy views Russia as one of its priorities. This is evidenced by the fact that in 1999 Pushkin's 200th anniversary was broadly celebrated in the Netherlands, with the participation of officials, scholars, the public and the literary community. 20 editions of works by this poet were published in the Netherlands in the Dutch language. In 1999 two Dutch specialists were awarded the Pushkin medal for remarkable achievements in the popularisation of the Russian language in the world. Since the medal was introduced it has been awarded to three Dutch specialists so far.
The bilateral cultural contacts are characterised by numerous exchanges of groups of artists and musicians, circus companies, exhibitions, performers and representatives of the world of art.
Bilateral cooperation between Russia and the Netherlands is actively pursued in the sphere of science and technology and higher education. Joint projects have been developed in such fields as agriculture, physical chemistry, humanitarian and social sciences, neuro-surgery, mathematics and computer science.
In accordance with the 1967 agreement on cultural cooperation between our countries, Russia and the Netherlands base their cultural exchanges on the leading role of their institutions of culture, science, healthcare, sport and social protection. To emphasise the importance of direct interaction between those structures, both countries, according to the Protocol, signed in June 2000, have committed themselves to promoting direct contacts between their governmental and private institutions of culture and arts, which strengthens the importance of cultural links within the framework of Russian-Dutch bilateral relations.
Source: The Embassy of the Russian Federation