Dear Amsterdammers,

Last January I wrote to you explaining that I had received some bad news from my doctors, but that I hoped that I could remain as your mayor for a while longer. In the past eight months, I have done so with the utmost pleasure. Your continued support has been a tremendous help in this.

Sadly, that little while longer has now come to an end. Today, my doctors informed me that there is nothing they can do for me anymore.

I have reported in sick with King’s Commissioner Remkes. Deputy mayor Kajsa Ollongren will temporarily take over all my tasks and responsibilities.

It was my great privilege to be mayor of the most beautiful and best city in the world. I want to thank you all for the trust you have placed in me, for your commitment and for every piece of support and objection that I had the pleasure to receive in the past seven years.

Please take good care of our city, and of each other.

Farewell,

Eberhard van der Laan

[View the letter from Mayor van der Laan in Dutch]