40 Most Famous Dutch People (Artists, Models, Actors & More)

August 3, 2021

The Netherlands has quite a reputation, especially when you consider how small the country actually is. The small country has produced many famous people, such as Hollywood stars and artists, but Dutch athletes and DJs are also high on the list!

In this article, we take a look at the most famous Dutch people in history, and you might be surprised to see some of them! So, without further ado, let's take a look at the most famous people from the Netherlands.

Who are the Most Famous Dutch People?

Because many famous Dutch people have entered the history books for a variety of reasons, I will break them down by category to make it easier and more convenient for you.

Most Famous Dutch Historical Figures

In this category, I will cover famous people from Dutch history. These individuals may be famous for various reasons and may even be from a completely different era.

In the end, they all have one thing in common, and that is that they are all famous historical figures from the Netherlands.

Anne Frank

Name: Annelies Marie Frank
Date of birth: 12-06-1929
Date of death: February 1945
: Frankfurt, Germany

Officially, Anne Frank is not Dutch, but we Dutch certainly consider her one of us. Anne Frank is perhaps one of the most famous people from the Netherlands ever, and her stories are known all over the world.

Anne was a Jewish girl who was forced into hiding during World War II. Together with her family, she hid in a secret room behind a bookcase, in a canal house in Amsterdam.

During this time she kept a diary, which has become a worldwide bestseller today!

Anne Frank and her family were eventually betrayed and arrested in 1945. They, like millions of other Jewish people, were taken to concentration camps during World War II. Sadly, this is where Anne Frank died.

Despite this tragic fact, her legacy will forever live on in world history!

Mata Hari

Name: Margaretha Geertruida (Griet) Zelle
Date of birth: 07-08-1876
Date of death: 15-10-1917
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

The Dutch Mata Hari came from a Frisian family. She was an exotic dancer and, because of her beautiful appearance and dancing skills, performed in cities such as Paris, Vienna, and Monaco.

In 1914, Mata Hari received an offer to perform in Berlin for six months, but then World War I broke out, causing her to flee to the Netherlands.

She finally left for Paris again in 1916. During this time, Mata Hari was approached by the Germans with a proposal to spy on the French on their behalf. She accepts and becomes a spy for the Germans.

Sometime later, Mata Hari meets Georges Ladoux, who works for the French counterintelligence service. Georges Ladoux asks Mata Hari to work for the French to spy on the Germans. As a result, Mata Hari becomes a double agent.

In February 1917, Mata Hari is arrested for espionage by the French. After a short trial, Mata Hari is sentenced to death. A firing squad ends her eventful life on Monday, October 15, 1917.

George Blake

Name: George Behar
Date of birth: 11-11-1922
Date of death: 26-12-2020
Birthplace: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

George Blake is the most famous Dutch spy in history. During the Second World War, George Blake joined the resistance and through several detours eventually ended up with the British secret service MI6.

He learned to speak Russian and was eventually sent to North Korea to gather information about the presence of Soviet troops in the country.

When war broke out in North Korea, George Blake was arrested and sent to a detention camp. What exactly happened here no one knows, but it was later revealed that he had become a communist here.

After his release, Blake was sent by the British to Berlin to gather information on the Soviets. However, during his six years in Berlin, he passed on all kinds of information and documents to the Soviets and the KGB.

When the British caught on to this, they brought George Blake back to England with an excuse. Here he was immediately arrested upon arrival and sentenced to 42 years in prison.

In 1966 Blake managed to escape and eventually reach Russia. There he was received as a hero and lived a carefree life until his death on December 26, 2020, when he was 98 years old.

Michiel de Ruyter

Name: Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter
Date of birth: 24-03-1607
Date of death: 29-04-1676
Birthplace: Vlissingen, The Netherlands

Michiel de Ruyter is a name known and feared by many, as he is one of the most famous Dutch sea admirals to ever live. He fought and won many battles, before eventually dying by taking a cannonball to the skull.

He has shown true courage and has gathered incredible fame along the way!

Most Famous Dutch Royals

The Netherlands, of course, officially belongs to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is, therefore, a kingdom. Like every other kingdom in the world, the Netherlands has some famous members of the royal family.

Below I will explain to you who the most famous Dutch royals are.

King Willem-Alexander

Name: Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand, Koning der Nederlanden, Prins van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg
Date of birth: 27-04-1967
Birthplace: Utrecht, The Netherlands

First on the list of famous Dutch Royals we of course have our current king, King Willem-Alexander. He was crowned back in 2013 and he has symbolically ruled the country ever since.

He is known for his representation of the Dutch crown worldwide and will continue to shine as the Dutch reigning monarch for many years to come!

King Willem-Alexander is married to Queen Maxima. The king and queen have three daughters together, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane. The King's heir apparent is his daughter, Princess Amalia.

Queen Maxima

Name: Máxima, Prinses der Nederlanden, Prinses van Oranje-Nassau, Mevrouw van Amsberg
Date of birth: 17-05-1971
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen Maxima was born in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on May 17, 1971. After studying economics, she went to live in New York and started working for some of the large commercial banks.

In April 1999, she met Crown Prince Willem-Alexander for work in Seville. From this a relationship blossomed between the two and on April 30, 2001, their engagement was announced.

In May of 2001, Maxima also obtained Dutch citizenship, which would make her a member of the royal family upon marriage.

The couple married on February 2, 2002, giving Maxima the title of Princess. When her husband Willem-Alexander was crowned King of the Netherlands in 2013, Princess Maxima was given the title of Queen.

Willem van Oranje (William of Orange)

Name: Willem van Nassau
Date of birth: 24-04-1533
Date of death: 10-07-1584
Birthplace: Dillenberg, Germany

Although Willem van Oranje was not officially a Dutchman, he was still part of the Dutch royal family. Willem van Oranje is known in the Netherlands as the founding father of the country.

Willem van Oranje is a distant ancestor of the current king, who still bears the surname, Van Oranje.

Willem van Oranje led the country during the 80-year war against Spain and gained a great international reputation. Unfortunately, he was shot dead in Delft in 1584 by people trying to quell his popularity.

His legacy lives on in world history as one of the most famous Dutchmen who ever lived!

Most Famous Dutch Actors

In the next category, we are going to talk about the most famous Dutch actors.

You might not realize it right away, but even though the Netherlands is only a small country with a small film industry, there are actually quite a few Dutch Hollywood stars!

Let's take a look at who the most famous Dutch actors are!

Rutger Hauer

Name: Rutger Oelsen Hauer
Date of birth: 23-01-1944
Date of death: 19-07-2019
Birthplace: Breukelen, The Netherlands

Rutger Hauer is the first Dutch actor who managed to make a name for himself in Hollywood. In 1981 he broke through with his role in the film Nighthawks, with Sylvester Stallone among others.

As a result, Rutger Hauer was able to get bigger and bigger roles in films like Blade Runner, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Batman Begins, and Sin City.

In 1988, Rutger Hauer became the first Dutchman ever to win a Golden Globe for his role in Escape from Sobibor.

All this makes him one of the most successful and famous Dutch actors.

Jeroen Krabbé

Name: Jeroen Aart Krabbé
Date of birth: 05-12-1944
Birthplace: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jeroen Krabbé, like Rutger Hauer, also made his Hollywood debut in the 1980s. He did so with his role in the 1986 film Jumpin' Jack Flash. This was only the beginning of a successful Hollywood career.

In 1987 he had his first role in a major film, playing the bad guy in the James Bond film The Living Daylights.

This was followed by more roles in well-known films such as The Fugitive, Prince of Tides, Ocean's Twelve, and Transporter 3. Jeroen Krabbé also played in numerous Dutch films and series.

Thanks to his roles in well-known Hollywood films, Jeroen Krabbé is definitely among the most internationally famous Dutch actors in history.

Michiel Huisman

Name: Michiel Huisman
Date of birth: 18-07-1981
Birthplace: Amstelveen, The Netherlands

The first famous Dutch actor on this list is Michiel Huisman. He has played in many series and movies, both Dutch and English.

Most noteworthy is his role in the hit series Game of Thrones, which made him internationally known on the Hollywood scene! Although before that he could be seen in the movie World War Z, starring Brad Pitt.

Famke Janssen

Name: Famke Beumer Janssen
Date of birth: 05-11-1964
Birthplace: Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Famke Janssen is one of, if not the, most famous Dutch actress of modern times. She has played great roles in major films such as the X-Men series, The Wolverine, James Bond GoldenEye, and the Taken series.

She has really established her name in the world of Hollywood and therefore is easily considered one of the most famous Dutch actors ever! She hasn't stopped acting yet, so who knows what big movie we will see her in next!

Carice van Houten

Name: Carice Anouk van Houten
Date of birth: 05-11-1976
Birthplace: Leiderdorp, The Netherlands

Carice van Houten is another Dutch actress whose name simply cannot be missed in the world of Hollywood superstars. She too is famous for her role in the hit series Game of Thrones.

But that's not all, as she also played a role in the Hollywood film Valkyrie and the Dutch blockbuster Blackbook.

Behind the scenes Carice van Houten is an ambassador for the World Nature Foundation and she is a true example of how a celebrity should act! Therefore, she has earned her spot on this list like no other!

Most Famous Dutch Artists

One of the things that the Netherlands is world-famous for is the many painters who come from the country. Many of the most famous paintings in the world were created by Dutch painters.

It is not surprising that these Old Masters are among the most famous Dutch people ever.

Below is a selection of some of the most famous Dutch painters in history.

Vincent van Gogh

Name: Vincent Willem van Gogh
Date of birth: 30-03-1853
Date of death: 29-07-1890
Birthplace: Zundert, The Netherlands

When you think about famous Dutch artists one of the first people to come to mind is of course world-famous painter Vincent van Gogh.

He made some incredibly popular artworks in his reasonably short lifespan, and his whole life was devoted to art.

He created many artworks in many genres before his tragic death in 1890. His death remains a mystery to this day, as nobody knows whether it was suicide or murder!

Some of his most famous paintings are The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Cafe Terrace at Night, The Bedroom, Starry Night, and Portrait of Dr. Gachet.

Rembrandt van Rijn

Name: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Date of birth: 15-06-1606
Date of death: 04-10-1669
Birthplace: Leiden, The Netherlands

Another painter that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of the top Dutch art is, of course, Rembrandt van Rijn. He is known as one of the best artists of all time and his paintings are famous all over the world.

He is known for his incredible use of light and dark colors, which can be clearly seen in his life's work, the Night Watch!

Without a doubt, he deserves a place among the most famous Dutch artists, and his legacy will live on for many years to come!

Piet Mondriaan

Name: Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan
Date of birth: 07-03-1872
Date of death: 01-02-1944
Birthplace: Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Mondriaan is an artist who will forever be recognized as one of the greats for his incredible simplicity. He was a Dutch artist and is widely regarded as one of the pioneers in abstract and simplistic art.

His primary colors and simple rectangles have conquered the world over the years and that’s why he has rightfully earned his spot among the most famous Dutch artists of all time!

Johannes Vermeer

Name: Johannes Vermeer
Baptized: 31-10-1632
Date of death: 16-12-1675
Birthplace: Delft, The Netherlands

Johannes Vermeer is a symbol of the Dutch Golden Age, he was a prominent artist during the 17th century and his legacy lives on right up to this day, and for many more years to come.

He is famous for works like "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and his works have sold for millions all over the world.

He is definitely among the greats of realistic painting, and that’s why he has earned his spot in this like no other!

Most Famous Dutch Athletes

From Dutch artists, we will now move to the next category, Dutch athletes! We will cover the most famous Dutch athletes in this next category, except for soccer players, as we will devote a whole category to that later!

So, without further ado, let's take a look at some of the most famous Dutch athletes!

Rico Verhoeven

Name: Ricardo Verhoeven
Date of birth: 10-05-1989
Birthplace: Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
Sport: Heavyweight kickboxing

When you think of Dutch athletes many boxing fans will instantly think of the king of kickboxing, better known as Dutch superstar Rico Verhoeven!

Rico Verhoeven has held the Glory Kickboxing World Title for many years now, and he continues to annihilate all his opponents in incredible ways.

His stamina and technique are truly incredible, and he will without a doubt go down into the history books as one of the best kickboxers of all time!

Tom Dumoulin

Name: Tom Dumoulin
Date of birth: 11-11-1990
Birthplace: Maastricht, The Netherlands
Sport: Cycling

Tom Dumoulin will instantly ring a bell to any cycling fan around the world. He is truly the Dutch pride when it comes to cycling, and rightfully so.

He specializes in time trials and some of his greatest achievements came when he won the Giro d’Italia in 2017 and won the silver medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

He has made the entire nation proud many times by winning one of his many trophies! That’s why he has cemented his place into this list, and into the history books!

Sven Kramer

Name: Sven Kramer
Date of birth: 23-04-1986
Birthplace: Heerenveen, The Netherlands
Sport: Speedskating

Ask anyone in the Netherlands who Sven Kramer is and you'll get a comprehensive answer, even outside the country's borders he is a well-known name to many.

And all this fame has not come out of anywhere, his incredible performances on the skating rink have earned him world fame like no other.

He has won many medals in various tournaments, including no less than 9 Olympic medals! Because of these achievements, Sven Kramer is among the best Dutch skaters ever.

It is this fame that has earned him a place in this prestigious list of famous Dutch people!

Max Verstappen

Name: Max Emillian Verstappen
Date of birth: 30-11-1997
Birthplace: Hasselt, Belgium
Sport: Formula One

Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen is a well-known sports figure around the world. Over the years he has broken many Formula One records, and he is not done yet!

On December 12, 2021, Max Verstappen became the very first Dutch Formula One champion. He did this in the very last race of the season, during a thrilling battle with his arch-rival Lewis Hamilton.

Given his age, Max still has a bright future ahead of him, in which he can hopefully win more world titles.

His father Jos Verstappen also raced in Formula One. Max Verstappen drives for the team of Red Bull racing, and together they are looking for ultimate success in the sport!

Most Famous Dutch Soccer Players

As you probably know, soccer is the most popular sport in the Netherlands. Over the years Holland has produced some of the best footballers ever, who have played for the biggest clubs in the world.

It is therefore only logical that many of these players are known all over the world.

But who these players are, we will find out in this category of the most famous Dutch soccer players.

Johan Cruyff

Name: Hendrik Johannes Cruijff
Date of birth: 25-04-1947
Date of death: 24-03-2016
Birthplace: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Johan Cruyff is probably the first man you think of when you think of Dutch soccer players. He truly is one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen and his incredible talent has gathered him fame and popularity all over the world.

He has played for big clubs like Barcelona and Ajax and every soccer fan around the world will undoubtedly know his name. That’s why he deserves his spot among the most famous Dutch people to ever live!

Marco van Basten

Name: Marcel van Basten
Date of birth: 31-10-1964
Birthplace: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Another Dutch soccer player that has made his way into the history books is Marco van Basten! He has played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs such as AC Milan and Ajax Amsterdam.

Marco van Basten is the one who scored one of the most beautiful and important goals in Dutch soccer history. He scored 2-0 against the Soviet Union in the final of the 1988 European Championship.

This goal was astonishingly beautiful and went all over the world, and is still considered one of the most beautiful goals ever scored.

He has been declared the best footballer of Europe multiple times in a row and his incredible talent has amassed many soccer fans around the world, earning him a spot among the most famous Dutch soccer players!

Ruud Gullit

Name: Rudi Dil
Date of birth: 01-11-1962
Birthplace: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ruud Gullit is absolutely not to be missed in the list of most famous Dutch soccer players ever. He is perhaps one of the most iconic soccer players the Netherlands has produced.

Ruud Gullit has played at major clubs such as AC Milan, Chelsea, and Feyenoord during his career. He also played 66 international matches for the Dutch national team, in which he managed to score 17 times.

Thanks in part to Ruud Gullit's 1-0 goal in the 1988 European Championship final, the Netherlands won the only international tournament in Dutch soccer history to date.

Arjen Robben

Name: Arjen Robben
Date of birth: 23-01-1984
Birthplace: Bedum, The Netherlands

Arjen Robben is the face of Dutch soccer in the modern era. He has taken the national team to incredible heights and he played for years at the highest level in Germany, cementing his place in the history books as one of the best wingers in the world.

His professional career was plagued by injuries and he recently called it quits, but that does not diminish his incredible worldwide fame and his place on this list!

Virgil van Dijk

Name: Virgil van Dijk
Date of birth: 08-07-1991
Birthplace: Breda, The Netherlands

Virgil van Dijk, also known as "big Virg", is one of the best defenders in the game currently. He has played for Liverpool since 2018 and has since won both the Champions League and the Premier League.

The captain of the Dutch national team enjoys incredible fame and popularity with fans around the world! Any soccer fan will know Virgil van Dijk's name, and he has more than earned his spot among some of the most famous Dutch soccer players in history!

Frenkie de Jong

Name: Frenkie de Jong
Date of birth: 12-05-1997
Birthplace: Arkel, The Netherlands

We have so far primarily been discussing Dutch soccer heroes of the past, but our current generation also has a lot to offer. This can clearly be seen when we look at Dutch superstar Frenkie de Jong.

Frenkie de Jong made the move from Ajax, where he had progressed from the youth academy to the first team, to Barcelona in 2019.

In the meantime, he is indispensable in the midfield of FC Barcelona and now is one of the best players in the Spanish competition and the whole of Europe.

He has gathered fans around the world and his fame simply cannot be denied anymore. That combined with his incredible potential for further growth has earned him a spot on the list of most famous Dutch soccer players.

Most Famous Dutch DJs

The Netherlands is world-famous for its DJs. Despite being a small country, it has been running at the top of international electronic music for many years.

In the past decade, Dutch DJs have also won the award for best DJ in the world several times. That's why some Dutch DJs are among the most famous Dutch people in the world.

Armin van Buuren

Name: Armin Jozef Jacobus Daniël van Buuren
Date of birth: 25-12-1976
Birthplace: Leiden, The Netherlands

Armin van Buuren is one of the pioneers of the DJ world, and we are proud to call him Dutch!

He has produced many incredible worldwide hits over the years, and even now that he is 44 years old, this incredible DJ shows no signs of stopping anytime soon!

His hits have gathered a huge army of fans all over the world, and he has been named the best DJ in the world no less than five times, earning him a place among the most famous Dutch people ever!

Martin Garrix

Name: Martijn Gerard Garritsen
Date of birth: 14-05-1996
Birthplace: Amstelveen, The Netherlands 

Martin Garrix is one of the younger DJs on this list, and at just 25 years old he has already done incredibly well for himself.

Despite his young age, he actually has had a very successful career already, becoming globally famous back in 2013 with his hit Animals.

Since then he has released multiple global hits and his audience has only been growing. He is a true fan favorite, and for all the right reasons!

It looks like Martin Garrix will have a bright future ahead of him, as he still has many years left in the industry!


Name: Tijs Michiel Verwest
Date of birth: 17-01-1969
Birthplace: Breda, The Netherlands

DJ Tiësto aka Tijs Verwest is a well-known name in the international music industry. He has earned his place among the best in the business and he is surrounded by other famous Dutch artists at the top!

Tiësto has produced several global hits, and he has scored collabs with some of the biggest artists throughout his career.

All of this has provided him with infinite international fame and glory, and let’s not forget he is a Dutchman!


Name: Nick Leonardus van de Wall
Date of birth: 09-11-1987
Birthplace: Spijkenisse, The Netherlands

The last of the most famous Dutch DJs we'll be scrutinizing today is certainly not the least. Many people have heard of the famous name Afrojack, and his impressive career doesn't lie!

He has millions of followers on social media and has performed at the biggest festivals in the world.

He has worked with the greats of the world, such as Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, and many more. Partly because of this, Afrojack is one of the most famous DJs in the world.

He really makes Holland proud with his music and fame, and whether you like him or not, you can't deny his place among the most famous Dutch DJs in history!

Most Famous Dutch Musicians

Unfortunately, the Netherlands plays no real role of significance in the international music world. With the exception of our DJs, of course.

Nevertheless, there are some famous Dutch musicians who did build up a reputation internationally. Who these are you can read below.

Eddie Van Halen

Name: Edward Lodewijk Van Halen
Date of birth: 26-01-1955
Date of death: 06-10-2020
Birthplace: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Eddie van Halen is probably the most famous Dutch musician of the last century. Originally from the Netherlands, he moved to America at a young age and later took up American citizenship.

Together with his brother, Eddie van Halen started the hard rock band, Van Halen. The band managed to become one of the best hard rock bands of the last century, producing hits such as Jump, Runnin' with the devil, and Why Can't This Be Love.

Eddie van Halen was also active as a solo guitarist. For example, he played the famous guitar solo in Beat It by Michael Jackson. He is also considered the one who popularized the two-hand-tapping technique.

Duncan Laurence

Name: Duncan de Moor
Date of birth: 11-04-1994
Birthplace: Spijkenisse, The Netherlands

Duncan de Laurence is definitely one of the best-known Dutch singers of the 21st century. He managed to gain international fame by winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. He did this with the self-written song Arcade.

That Duncan Laurence is well known these days is not surprising. After all, more than 182 million people watched the final of the Eurovision Song Contest he won.

André Rieu

Name: André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu
Date of birth: 01-10-1949
Birthplace: Maastricht, The Netherlands

André Rieu is a Dutch violinist and orchestra conductor. With his orchestra, he tours all over the world, from Europe to Australia and America.

That he is among the most famous classical musicians can be seen from the fact that in 2009 he was the best-selling classical artist in America.

His tours in America are also a huge success. For example, in 2009 he gave no less than 112 shows, which brought in a sum of $95,854,338. This put him in the 6th spot of the Billboard Top 25 Tours that year.

These enormous successes ensure that André Rieu is among the most famous Dutch musicians.

Most Famous Dutch Explorers

In the past, the Netherlands was a true seafaring country. They fought sea battles, traded with other countries, but also discovered new countries and continents.

Therefore, the Dutch explorers definitely belong to the most famous Dutchmen in history.

Abel Tasman

Name: Abel Janszoon Tasman
Date of birth: 1603
Date of death: 10-10-1659
Birthplace: Lutjegast, The Netherlands

Abel Tasman is the first Dutch explorer we will look at in this category. You may recognize his name, and that's probably from your history classes in high school!

Abel Tasman was a Dutch explorer in the service of the Dutch East India Company. Between the years 1633 and 1652 he discovered several countries.

His greatest discoveries were New Zealand, the island of Tasmania, and parts of Australia, and islands off the coast of Australia.

Abel Tasman is best known for his discovery of Tasmania. This island is also named after this Dutch explorer. This incredible discovery earns him a spot on this list of most famous Dutch explorers!

Willem Barentsz

Name: Willem Barentsz
Date of birth: 1550
Date of death: 20-06-1597
Birthplace: Terschelling, The Netherlands

The next famous Dutch explorer we’ll be looking at is Willem Barentsz. He is famous for his attempt to find a northern route to Asia, via the North Pole!

In his attempt, he explored a large part of the Northern hemisphere until he got stuck in a place called Nova Zembla.

To honor Willem Barentsz, the Barents Sea was named after him, because he sailed and explored a lot in these regions.

Tragically he died during one of his voyages but his legacy will live on forever and earned him a spot on the list of most famous Dutch explorers.

Most Famous Dutch Politicians

Of course, the Netherlands is only a small country compared to world powers like America, Russia, and China. Nevertheless, the Netherlands has several internationally known politicians.

These persons are known because of their role in Dutch politics, or because they hold or have held a position in European politics.

Below I explain to you who the most famous Dutch politicians are, and what exactly they are known for.

Mark Rutte

Name: Mark Rutte
Date of birth: 14-02-1967
Birthplace: The Hague, The Netherlands

We of course cannot exclude our very own prime minister, Mark Rutte, from this list! Mark Rutte became the leader of the Netherlands in 2010 and he remains prime minister to this day, making him one of the longest sitting prime ministers in the history of the country!

He is famous for his international involvement in things like the NATO alliance and the European Union.

Mark Rutte is highly regarded internationally by great leaders like Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron. In the Netherlands, he is the leader of the largest political party. In recent years, however, Mark Rutte's popularity has declined.

Frans Timmermans

Name: Franciscus Cornelis Gerardus Maria Timmermans
Date of birth: 06-05-1961
Birthplace: Maastricht, The Netherlands

Frans Timmermans has been running in Dutch politics for decades. He gained international fame within European politics because of the various positions he held.

These were always positions in which he had a lot of contact with politicians from other countries. These were positions such as Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Today, he holds the following positions in European politics: European Commissioner and also the first Vice-Chairman of the Von der Leyen Commission.

Geert Wilders

Name: Geert Wilders
Date of birth: 06-09-1963
Birthplace: Venlo, The Netherlands

Geert Wilders is probably the most controversial Dutch politician today. In 2004, he founded his own political party, with which he espouses an extreme right-wing ideology.

Wilders' political party fights mainly against Islam and extremism. For example, he wanted to introduce a tax for wearing a headscarf in the Netherlands.

Geert Wilders also makes himself heard internationally. For example, he called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a terrorist on Twitter in 2020. This caused a lot of tension between various international heads of state.

In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders' political party seems to be gaining popularity and was among the 3 largest parties in the country during the 2021 elections.

Most Famous Dutch Models

The Dutch are often thought to be beautiful people. This, of course, is purely a matter of taste. Nevertheless, the Netherlands has produced several international top models over the years.

Below I will cover some of the most famous Dutch models.

Doutzen Kroes

Name: Doutzen Kroes
Date of birth: 23-01-1985
Birthplace: Giekerk, The Netherlands

Doutzen Kroes is by far the most famous and successful model from the Netherlands. This Dutch-born beauty signed her first modeling contract already at the age of 18.

After that, her career went sky high and she broke through internationally in 2005 during Victoria's Secret fashion show.

Doutzen Kroes runs fashion shows for major international fashion brands such as Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, and Viktor & Rolf.

In 2011, Doutzen Kroes made her acting debut in the Dutch film production Nova Zembla.

Lara Stone

Name: Lara Catherina Stone
Date of birth: 20-12-1983
Birthplace: Geldrop, The Netherlands

Lara Stone is a Dutch model who was discovered at 14 in a Paris subway. When she was 16, she moved to Paris, where her modeling career began.

Her career began slowly and was not very successful. She finally experienced her big break in 2006 when she signed a contract with IMG.

Lara Stone walked shows for major brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Dolce & Gabbana.

In 2010, Lara Stone won the Model of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards.

Like Doutzen Kroes, Lara Stone also aspires to an acting career and made her debut in 2016 with her role in the French film En Moi.


There you have it, the most famous Dutch people who ever lived! As you can see, the Netherlands has produced many famous people in many different categories! Many more than you would expect from such a small country.

I hope this article was informative and that you learned more about the most famous Dutch people ever.

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As a Dutchman I am extremely proud of the beautiful country in which I live. My goal is to convey my passion and love for the Netherlands to as many people as possible.

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