Saturday 04 February 2023

Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen moves to The Hague as mayor

Jan van Zanen in 2015. Photo: StagiaireMGIMO via Wikimedia Commons

Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen is set to move to The Hague and take up the mayoral role there, which has been vacant since last year.

Van Zanen, 58, was appointed mayor of Utrecht in 2014 and was reappointed for a second term in January this year. A career local politician, Van Zanen was previously mayor of Amstelveen, an alderman in Utrecht and chairman of the VVD.

‘I am looking forward to the work I have to do [in The Hague],’ Van Zanen said of his new appointment. ‘But there is another side to it, and I am leaving where I have lived and worked the longest.’

Chris van der Helm, who chairs the committee set up to appoint a new mayor in the political capital, described Van Zanen as an ‘experienced, strong manager with a lot of experience who can get started immediately.’

The city has been without a mayor since October, when Pauline Krikke resigned following the publication of a hard hitting report about failings surrounding the Scheveningen New Year beach bonfire. Johan Remkes has been acting mayor since then.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation. has been free for 16 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.