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Pauline Krikke



Mayor of The Hague

Pauline Krikke has been the mayor of The Hague since 17 March 2017. She studied in Amsterdam, during which time she became a member of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). In 1986, at the age of 25, she started up an events agency.

Representing the VVD, she became a member of the municipal council in Amsterdam in 1994. In 1996, she became deputy mayor for Economic Affairs, Airport and Seaport. After the municipal council elections of 1998, she was re-elected as deputy mayor and changed her portfolios to Economic Affairs and Employment, Construction, Housing and the Economy.  

In September 2001, Pauline Krikke became mayor of Arnhem. From 2003 to 2007, she was also a member of the Taskforce Youth Unemployment. In July 2013, she resigned her post in Arnhem. Besides her role as mayor, from 2005 to 2013 she was also an enthusiastic member of the board of the international Red Cross /Red Crescent Movement.

After resigning as mayor, Pauline Krikke established herself as an independent consultant and regulator for government and industry. From October 2014, she was general director of Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam. Nevertheless, her main love was public service. In 2015, she therefore became a member of the Senate. She resigned that membership when she was inaugurated as mayor of The Hague on 17 March 2017.

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