Kajsa Ollongren

Dutch politician

Karin Hildur "Kajsa" Ollongren (born 28 May 1967 in Leiden) is a Dutch politician of Democrats 66 (D66) and a former civil servant. She is the current minister of Defence in the Fourth Rutte cabinet.

Kajsa Ollongren
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
10 January 2022
Preceded byHenk Kamp (acting)
Second Deputy Prime Minister
In office
26 October 2017 – 10 January 2022
Preceded byLodewijk Asscher
Succeeded byWopke Hoekstra
Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
In office
26 October 2017 – 10 January 2022
Preceded byRonald Plasterk
Succeeded byHanke Bruins Slot
Mayor of Amsterdam (acting)
In office
19 September 2017 – 26 October 2017
Preceded byEberhard van der Laan
Succeeded byEric van der Burg (acting)
Alderwoman of Amsterdam
In office
18 June 2014 – 26 October 2017
Personal details
Karin Hildur Ollongren

(1967-05-28) 28 May 1967 (age 57)
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
NationalityDutch, Swedish
Political partyDemocrats 66 (D66) (1990s-)
ResidenceAmsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam,
École nationale d'administration,
Clingendael Institute

Ollongren studied economics and history at the University of Amsterdam, public administration at the École nationale d'administration in Paris and internal relations at Clingendael Institute in The Hague.

From 1992 to 2007, she worked at the Economics Ministry, and from 2007 to 2014 at the Interior Ministry (she had been leading last Ministry since 2011).

She became an alderman of the city of Amsterdam in 2014.

From 2017 to 2022, she was minister of Internal Affairs and also second Deputy Prime Minister in the Third Rutte cabinet.[1] Since January 2022, she has been Defence minister in Rutte IV.

Kajsa Ollongren is a noblewoman, and has also the Swedish nationality (her mother is Swedish). She is a lesbian and married to a woman. Together they have two children.


  1. The two other Deputy Prime Ministers were Hugo de Jonge (CDA) and Carola Schouten (CU).

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