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Every year on 15 December, the Netherlands celebrates Naturalization Day. On this special day during a festive ceremony, foreign nationals who naturalize as Dutch citizens receive an official certificate (naturalization decision) from the municipality . The certificate is proof that they have become Dutch citizens.

Origins Naturalization Day
In the past, the naturalization decision was sent to the foreign national by post. To give naturalization a more festive touch, the first annual Naturalization Day was held in 2006. Since 2008, Naturalization Day coincides with Kingdom Day. On Kingdom Day we commemorate that former Dutch Queen Juliana signed the 1954 Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in which the relations between the Netherlands and the other countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - now Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten - are regulated. However, municipalities are free to organize additional naturalization ceremonies on other dates. Foreign nationals who have become Dutch citizens in the course of the year may also be invited by the municipality to attend Naturalization Day.

The naturalization ceremony
Naturalization requires commitment: holding Dutch citizenship entails both rights and obligations. During the naturalization ceremony, the foreign national must make a declaration of solidarity, in which he/she promises to respect the constitutional order of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, its liberties and rights and declares that he/she will faithfully fulfil the duties of his/her citizenship. Every foreign national over 16 who wants to become a Dutch citizen, is obliged to take part in the naturalization ceremony and to make the declaration of solidarity.

If you have any questions about the naturalization ceremony or naturalization in general, please contact Hermie de Voer.

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