World Mayor 20/21

Dantumadiel Mayor Klaas Agricola
Klaas Agricola, Mayor of Dantumadiel, Netherlands, since 2017
World Mayor Nominations 20/21
Klaas Agricola, Mayor of Dantumadiel, Netherlands

The 20/21 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be conferred on mayors who have been showing leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and who are now aiming to make their cities more resilient economically, structurally, socially and environmentally. In fact: Stronger | Fairer | Greener. The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for mayors who have shown exceptional leadership skills but also, and more importantly, acted at all times with compassion towards those most affected by Covid-19. The pandemic has shown how vulnerable even the richest cities are when confronted with a disaster like Covid-19. Forward-looking city leaders will now begin to re-think how their communities can be better protected against future threats, both natural and man-made.

Klaas Agricola, Mayor of Dantumadiel, Netherlands, has been nominated for the 20/21 World Mayor Prize by people from his city and elsewhere in The Netherlands as well as from Europe.

You may wish to support him further and comment on his achievements and plans for his city.

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Nominations for
Klaas Agricola
Mayor of Dantumadiel (Netherlands)

Nominated by Trudy P., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola is as a mayor a very refreshing personality in our political driven administrative landscape. A key issue in his work is to be open minded and accessible for all the people of his municipality; 24/7 on duty. In particular during the CoronaVirus crisis he is showing big and convincing leadership in combatting the pandemic.The facts and figures show one of the the best results in our country. He is not tied up to sometimes confusing national political discussions on the approach to be taken.

As a political independent mayor (which is already very special) and a fair person his hands on policy is very effective and welcomed. Besides he is running in good cooperation with all stakeholders one of the most greenest municipalities of The Netherlands. And finally he has proven to be a very social person and is adored in the community of Dantumadiel (Fryske language for Dantumadeel). The election of Klaas Agricola to World Mayor 20/21 would be the ultimate recognition of his capabilities ad commitment. We all should go for him!

Challenges: Stronger cities could be reached by bringing the politicians on a natural way much more closer to the residents. Good and open participation of the people involved are key conditions to be successful on the longer term. It contributes to trust and confidence. Local politicians should much more invest in it.

Greener cities will not only be reached by setting (strong) political goals but should be supported by involving the residents as much as possible. In particular, political administrators should not only count on 'green' benefits but they should also take in full consideration the financial implications for their citizens. To achieve real support must be strived for in many cases.

Finally, yes local politicians and managers should be fair in their behavior. But in a political environment of 'wheeling and dealing' it's not always easy. When you can't keep promises to your voters, please have the guts to explain to them. Obtaining support is ultimately important.


Nominated by J v d W., Netherlands:
Politiek onafhankelijk, no nonsense instelling, nuchter, praktisch en hardwerkend, toont grote betrokkenheid met de gewone burger, creëert groot draagvalk bij bevolking, een voorbeeld voor zijn burgers.

Challenges: Eén instantie verantwoordelijk en toegankelijk maken voor kansrijke burgerinitiatieven. Burgers niet ontmoedigen door onnodige regelgeving, maar burgers stimuleren om met eigen initiatieven te komen. Dit geldt ook voor bedrijven.
Kansen die nu nog onbenut blijven, liggen soms voor het oprapen wanneer bedrijven en burgers uitgedaagd worden.
Wanneer men het positief resultaat ziet van een eigen inbreng dan geeft dat een enorme drive en positieve uitstraling naar de omgeving.
Uitsluitend zinvolle regelgeving toepassen vanuit het zelfdenkend vermogen van de mensheid.


Nominated by Albert G., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola runt zijn gemeente uitstekend, vooral tijdens de covid-19. Zijn gemeente een van de schoonste en groenste van Nederland. Hij is burgemeester geworden zonder door een partij op het paard te zijn getild!

Challenges: Als meer nadruk wordt gelegd op goede isolatie en functioneel isoleren, kan er heel veel energie bespaard worden. En geef techneuten de mogelijkheden om de verschillende vormen van kernenergie verder te onderzoeken en te ontwikkelen.


Nominated by J de V., Netherlands:
The fact that a mayor of a small place far away from the big city of Amsterdam is nominated for this prize is a huge reason. Reading about all his work and plans gives me the feeling he has a great personality.

Challenges: Good communication with the people living in the city you are mayor for. Not only the people who are already mentioned in newspapers or tv, but also the workers nobody talks about! They might have the best ideas or are already the most "green"persons of your city/village.


Nominated by Miny S N., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola heeft ruimschoots zijn sporen verdiend in dalfsen als wethouder en hij was daarnaast overal bij betrokken. Een zeer aimabel iemand die van allerlei besturen de voorzitter was en klaar stond en staat voor de mens in nood.Boerenzoon, goede no nonsens kop en vastberaden blik, partijloos en ook nog eens oog voor vergroening en duurzaamheid en niet door het kartel gekatapulteerd. Hij is selfmade en runt in Dantumadiel de boel met MAAR TWEE AMBTENAREN. Ook de corona heeft hij onder controle.


Nominated by Mfm de C., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola, as a non partizan mayor, is aiming to serve his city and all the people living there without needing to adhere to a political party or that political parties program. Klaas Agricola has an eye for all needs, has good ideas and ecological initiatives and manages to keep the corona pandemic under control in his city.

Challenges: Stronger by good, balanced, planning respecting all needs, not one dogma like only industrial growth or as opposite only green energy. Avoid that clusters of wealthy, poor, middle class, imigrants or other devisions occur. When people live in mixed neighbourhoods there is more mutual understanding then when people of the same income, education, race or religion cluster together. Plan and build good and green and energy efficient houses but make sure to compromise on cost, if necesary, to have enough houses and good infrastructure for all. It is no good to build the ideal house and the middle class or poor can not afford it.


Nominated by Yolande v d W., Netherlands:
Klaas is simply the best. He stands strong in this awful period in a fantastic way. He is there for his people and status van alle the time. There should be more like him on this earth. Good for the environment too.


Nominated by G H., Netherlands:
His leadership is based on integrity and care for his citizens. Not biased by egoism or polarising attitude he manages to get his citizens in the good direction and guide them through the Covid Pandemia and to a healthy life. Strong and honest, sober and without hidden agenda's.

Challenges: Stop with the subsidising of "paper" ideas for greener future but put the money in scientific studies in newe technology. No waste of woods, no waste of precious agricultural land, no waste of horizons for the benefit of a few golddigers with a result that the environmental balance gets more negative. Give nuclear power the chance and put effort in enhancing technology for hydrogen, surch for more efficiency and balance.


Nominated by Wilma van G., Netherlands:
Klaas dient de coronacrisis in Dantumadiel slechts met twee ambtenaren te bestrijden. Een enorme opgave en dat doet hij heel goed met slechts enkele Coronagevallen!

Challenges: Bouw meer kerncentrales. De landschapsvervuiling door de komst van vele windmolenparken in zee en in de natuur, alsmede de komst van biocentrales om de CO2 uitstoot naar beneden te brengen, zijn sprookjes. Deze geven immers niet het gewenste resultaat en zorgen alleen maar voor meer CO2 vervuiling, het onnodig doden van dieren en insecten en ontbossing. Er moeten wereldwijd juist veel meer bossen terugkomen om de natuur te herstellen en al het leven en de kwaliteit van leven op aarde te behouden.


Nominated by Edgar de L., Netherlands:
In combating the CORONA/COVID-19 pandemic Mr. Agricola proved to be the best and most effective mayor of the Netherlands. As a political independent mayor (which is already very special in itself) he operates without the braking load of national political deliberations. Which is very refreshing!

Challenges: Besides Mr. Agricola is showing big leadership in one the greenest municipalities of The Netherlands by saving green values in excellent participation with the people involved. Hands on cooperation and participation are key element to reach his local goals.


Nominated by Menno de H., Netherlands:
Meest groene gemeente van Nederland. Ik ben hier geboren in 1945 en nog steeds is deze gemeente in de loop van de tijd een groene gemeente geweest. Onder het leiderschap van deze burgemeester is een de gemeente nog groener geworden. Er zijn op zijn instigatie maar liefst een miljoen bomen geplant. Ook zet hij zich in voor kernenergie de meest groene energie die maar denkbaar is. Ook is hij een fel tegenstander van massale verbranding van bomen (biomass)

Challenges: Onmiddellijke sluiting van alle biomassa-centrales. Deze veroorzaken een grotere uitstoot van CO2 dan kolencentrales en indirect worden door bomenkap enorm veel planten en dieren gedood. Op naar kleinere kerncentrales en vergaande isolatie van huizen en andere gebouwen


Nominated by R. B., Netherlands:
Dantumadiel has zero infections, zero hospital admissions and zero deaths from Corona virus!

Klaas Agricola is an independent mayor with no ties to any political party. He is an example to his citizens and has excellent control over the Covid-19 pandemic in his community. His team is small, but operates perfectly. Klaas deserves international recognition for his policy. Dantumadiel is a very green municipality in the Frisian Woods, near the famous Frisian lakes.

Challenges: Stimulate, build, suport, subsidize, all contructions for zelf-transport without the use of fossil fuel. Cycle paths and covered or sheltered cycle paths and secure cycle sheds anywere.


Nominated by M. B., Netherlands:
Strict measurements taken and he is able to have all the people behind this measurements, also he is working on a complete green energy environment in his community, he convinced the whole community to do so. Furthermore he is a amiable and accessible man, easy to speak to


Nominated by Johanna, Dantumadiel:
Klaas Agricola is a mayor for all the people of Dantumadeel, including kids! Our daughter won a drawingcompetition during the first lockdown and the mayor himself came by to bring her a gift!


Nominated by Falco B., Dantumadiel:
He's realy a good mayor. When my dad was sick he visited my dad. His fight against the corona virus is stunning. He only got 2 people that support him. For years an old farm was abandoned. He managed to rebuild it.


Nominated by M. H., Dantumadiel:
Leiderschap capaciteiten, weet o.a. met zijn wethouders een ommekeer te realiseren op het gebied van financiën. Is een burgemeester met een emotionele intelligentie een zgn. mensenmens. Weet tenslotte goed om te gaan met alle corona perikelen, de gemeente Dantumadiel heeft een zeer lage score.


Nominated by F H B, Dantumadiel:
The mayor of Dantumadiel did everything he could to keep the covid 19 virus away. He deserves this so much more than e.g Femke Halsema.


Nominated by A. K., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola heeft met 2 Abmtenaren de Corona crisis moeten bestrijden.
Hij is onpartijdig. Geen lid van een partij.
Hij is zeer sociaal en gaat bv op huisbezoek bij een lastige bewoner om de problemen te bespreken.
Loopt stage bij plaatselijke bedrijven en organisaties om zo inzicht te krijgen in de werkwijze en evt problemen waar men tegenaan loopt.


Nominated by Klas K., Netherlands:
Klaas en zijn twee ambtenaren wisten het covid 19 virus
Challenges: Succesvol te beteugelen en dat in een gemeente met 10 mooie groene dorpen .


Nominated by Ijsbrand M., Netherlands:
He is a serious, empathic, kind man who always will be acting on the background and come on front when its nessesary.


Nominated by Akkie D., Dantumadiel:
Klaas Agricola is the best in keeping the enviroment healthy with a very good Covid-19 polocy. And he is a wunderfull family man. Our enviroment is beautifull green with al lot of water. Agricola supports the tourism without losing eye for our beautiful nature.


Nominated by F. B., Netherlands:
Burgemeester Agricola heeft het in zijn Gemeente Danutumadeel goed voor elkaar. Hij is niet verbonden aan een politieke partij en heeft bijna geen corona gevallen in zijn Gemeente. Hij heeft oog voor zijn burgers en houdt zijn stad/dorp groen!

Challenges: Er zou in het gehele land meer politie moeten komen om te handhaven. Ook moet er meer ruimte zijn voor groei en verantwoorde bouw van woningen


Nominated by van d. H., Dantumadiel;
Klaas Agricola is an independant mayor without ties to a political party. He is an example for his citizens and keeps his comunity perfectly under control. His team is small but operates perfectly. Klaas deserves international recognition for his performance as major. Dantumadiel is a green county in the Friese Wâlden near the Frisian Lakes. Untill today there are 39 people infected with Covid-virus, 0 people submitted in hospital and 0 deaths.


Nominated by Bert B., outside The Netherlands:
The best leader in the battle with corona. No hospital persons, no death people etc. Outstanding leadership.


Nominated by Ine van d. B., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola is an independent mayor with no ties to any political party. He is an example to his citizens and has excellent control over the Covid-19 pandemic in his community. His team is small but operates perfectly. Klaas deserves international recognition for his policy.


Nominated by Hans J. M. J., Netherlands:
39 besmettingen. afgelopen 2 weken: geen ziekenhuis opnamen. geen doden.

Challenges: Meer sedum op de daken maakt steden groener van boven gezien. Betere geboortebeperking en imigratieprogrammas om inwonertal van Nederland te beperken. Dit om meer open groene ruimte te kunnen creeren buiten de steden.


Nominated by Cees R., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola runs his city outstanding, especially during this covid-19 times. Last two weeks zero deads and only 39 patients His city is one of the most cleanest and green city's of the Netherlands He is an independent mayor.

Challenges: Let them run by people as Klaas Agricola and we will have a much cleaner and greener world


Nominated by Antonius B., Netherlands:
In de gemeente - 18.923 inw, slecht 5,3 coronameldingen per 100.000 inw. 0 ziekenhuisopnames en geen inw coronagerelateerd overleden. Kortom zeer goede aanpak van de coronapandemie.


Nominated by Lau A., Netherlands:
Klaas is een onafhankelijke burgemeester, zonder banden met een politieke partij. Hij is een groot voorbeeld voor zijn burgers en houdt de Covid-19 pandemie in zijn gemeenschap uitstekend onder controle. Zijn team is klein, maar opereert uitermate gedisciplineerd. Hij verdient internationale erkenning voor zijn beleid. Dantumeradeel is een zeer groene gemeente in de Friese Wouden, vlakbij de bekende Friese meeren.


Nominated by R. M., Netherlands:
Onafhankelijk, geen politieke banden, groene gemeente, efficiënt werkend persoon, zeer geliefd.

Challenges: Stop met de inmiddels bijna onbeheersbare instroom van migranten. Door een land vol te bouwen dien je niet het milieu en klimaat.


Nominated by Erik H., Netherlands:
The mayor's policy has lead to the lowest number of Covid-19 victims in the Netherlands, unlike the disaster of coved in Amsterdam.
The city of Dantumadeel is very beautiful and green. The place may be one of the most preserved within the Netherlands. With thanks to the great mayor!


Nominated by Johan M., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola and his team have done everything to suppress the Corona pandemic by doing all they can to educate people about the virus. He visits people who are in isolation to motivate them and tell them he supports them. He hired extra health workers and personally imported protective goods from China, so that there wouldn't be a shortage. Also, his community will be 100% CO2 neutral within just 1 or 2 years, because of the efforts of Klaas Agricola.


Nominated by Janneke A., Netherlands:
Een mensen-mens. Wil dicht bij de mensen staan in zijn gemeente. Toegankelijk. Open. Sociaal.
Heeft maatschappelijke stages gelopen bij bedrijven in zijn eigen gemeente om ervaring op te doen. Anders dan alleen op politiek gebied
Warme persoonlijkheid


Nominated by Edwin v. N., Netherlands:
Klaas is eerlijk. Nobel, gul maar vooral verstandig in het aansturen van zijn gemeente. Hij heeft nul corona patienten. hij heeft altijd voor gelopen in zijn handelingen op het kabinet. Klaas is een voorbeeld van verstandig bestuur. Een duidelijk beleid dat de bevolking aan spreekt.

Challenges: Minder Groen Links. Minder Biomassa centrales. Meer kernenergie.


Nominated by Ingrid, Netherlands:
Small team though operates perfect.
Its a small green community nearby the Friese Lakes wellknown for the skateride the Elfstedentocht. Zero citizens in hospital, zero died of covid-19


Nominated by Rupert van S., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola is an independent mayor with no ties to any political party. This mayor is a true example to all his citizens and keeps the Covid-19 pandemic under excellent control in his community. His team is small, but operates perfectly. Klaas deserves international recognition for his policy.

Challenges: Stop political games and the further globalisation of the city. Discourage building offices and large retail chains around the edges of the city with associated large parking spaces. Make public transport accessible and cheaper. Start by building a small neighbourhood community with a water supply park and make sure that the small real middle class gets a chance. Take care of a balanced population structure based on income supply and ethnicity.


Nominated by José K., Netherlands:
This very kind mayorhas a very little corona virus people in his city. He talks often with the city people how to behave correctly in this crisis. The schools have their own garden for the children. The town is surrounding with Woods and lakes. He wants the people to have their own garden.

Challenges: Plant vegetables nearby cities and villages. Promote the bicycle.


Nominated by V., Netherlands:
Mr. Klaas Agricola is mayor of one of the greenest parts of our country. He has no political ties with any party in our country and his administration is one of the smallest. Nevertheless he and his small team operate perfectly well together. They manage to keep the Covid-9 spread to an absolute minimum for which he should be rewarded considering the lack of party funding and the absence of a hospital in his community. He gets things done because of his personality and care for his community.


Nominated by Bas de G., Netherlands:
Zero COVID-19 problems and a very efficient administration puts this independent mayor on a special podium. Dantumeradeel is a very green and clean environment to live in or visit. Much better than Amsterdam City and mayor.

Challenges: Youth 14-25y brings ideas, which are approved by 60-80y elderly, execution design by working class 25/60y old citizens, advertised by nonworking/disabled/wellfare 30-55y part of society - has everybody chip in.


Nominated by Marcel Z., Netherlands:
Een burgemeester zonder politieke partij. Heeft de covid-19 volledig onder controle en verdient de nominatie! Het is de groenste gemeente van Nederland bij de Friese Wouden en de meren.

Challenges: De schoonste en veiligste manier van energie is kernenergie. Stop de leugens van windmolens en zonnepanelen.


Nominated by Frans V., Netherlands:
He is an elected mayor, with no political background. Everyone respects his decision and is widely supported. and his community is certainly green.

Challenges: what the current politician is doing now is not looking far enough ahead, people will always find a solution, so I also think for nuclear waste. A lot of money has been lost in no permanent projects. solar energy must also continue to be developed


Nominated by Fier F., Netherlands:
The mayor works for the little people, nature, farmers, health, clean air, soil and a green future for the Frysian people, animals and water. Take it alone, without a political party against gas and oil company, to save his region for the future.

Challenges: Less cars, of the gas, more trees, isolatie your house, use recyclen product, less Meat. Be good for your envoirment, she's been good to you.


Nominated by D. A. de G., Netherlands:
Klaas Agricola is een onafhankelijk burgermeester zonder banden met een politieke partij. Hij is een voorbeeld voor voor zijn burgers en houdt de corona besmettingen binnen zijn gemeente heel goed onder controle.Zijn team is niet groot maar werkt heel goed. Klaas verdient erkenning voor zijn beleid en werk wijze.

Challenges: Als ik burgermeester zou zijn ga ik ervoor om niet meteen op plekken waar huizen of gebouwen gesloopt worden wegens ouderdom weer nieuw beton neer te zetten maar VEEL meer groen tussen de bebouwing aan te brengen
notification: yes


Nominated by J. H. B., Netherlands:
Klaas in an independent Mayor so he can act freely. There is less risk of interference of a party. This gives less risk on lies (Fairness). In the community there are 39 Covid infections, 0 hospital admissions and 0 deaths! The surrounding area is already a green hotspot. If it can stay like this, it is already a big win.

Challenges: When Mayors stop lying and listen to their people it will help getting people to follow them. The lying part counts for all politicians by the way...Stop building windmills but built nuclear power plants in green areas or plant a forest around them. Why do we all have to live in cities? Spread the populations, this is much healthier than living on top of each other.