Enhancing friendship and understanding between India and The Netherlands



India and The Netherlands have had cultural relations for over 400 years. Rembrandt was inspired by Mughal art and there is shared Dutch-Indian heritage in present day India. Today the fast growing Indian community in the Netherlands is making an impact with their many cultural contributions.

The Netherlands India Association (NIA) was founded to provide you with entertaining and informative insights into these two fascinating countries and its peoples. Today, we are continuing this tradition that we started almost 67 years ago.

The NIA’s objectives are:

  • Promoting knowledge and understanding of culture, history, philosophy, religion and social structure of India and The Netherlands between the people of both countries.
  • Promoting friendly relations between Indians and Dutch through widening and deepening personal, cultural, and social contact.

We do so by organizing a.o. programmes and symposia with a more academic, interactive content about subjects such as Indian elections, and by cultural events like musical concerts, dance performances and film shows. NIA also encourages and seeks cooperation with other organizations  associated with India, with  NIA functioning as “link pin”.

NIA is a networking organization where Dutch and Indians can come to know each other and can share each others knowledge and make friends.


Unique identity

NIA derives  its uniquenes and identity from the fact that it is the only Indo-Dutch intercultural organization in The Netherlands. This means it is a truly Indian and Dutch meeting platform. Anyone who is interested in both countries is welcome to join us.


NIA was founded in 1951 and we are proud to be the oldest, active  association in The Netherlands promoting Indo-Dutch friendship relations.

In 2011 NIA celebrated her 60th anniversary with several activities and the publication of: “Netherlands India Association at Sixty: A Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Volume”, containing over 20 articles on a wide spectrum of Netherlands-India relations.

If the short introduction to NIA has aroused your interest, you should consider joining us as a member. In order to have a taste of one of our programmes you can always participate in one of our events.

Curious to know more? Details for getting in touch can be found on the page Contact.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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