Political Conditions in the Netherlands

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Type of State
A constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy.
Executive Power
The chief of state is the Queen (visit the website of the royal family). Following parliamentary (lower house) elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed Prime Minister ( head of the government) by the monarch to serve a four year term. The Council of Ministers is appointed by the monarch on recommendation of the Prime Minister.
Legislative Power
A bicameral legislature. The parliament called States General consists of two chambers: First Chamber (upper house) and Second Chamber (lower house). The government has the right to dissolve the parliament, one or both the chambers.
Main Political Parties
- CDA (Christian Democratic Appeal) – Christian democrats,
- CU (Christian Union) - a orthodox reformed political party with more centre-left ideas,
- D66 (Democrats 66) - a progressive-liberal and radical-democratic political party,
- Green Left - an eco-socialist and anti-capitalist political party,
- PvdA (Labour Party) – a social-democratic political party,
- PVV (Party for Freedom) - a right wing party known for their hard stands on immigration
- SP (Socialistic Party) - a left wing party forms of the remainder of the communist party, extremely socialistic,
- VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) - a centre-right, free market, liberal party.
Current Political Leaders
Queen: BEATRIX (since April 1980) hereditary
Prime Minister: Jan Peter BALKENENDE (since July 2002) CDA, heading a coalition government with the PvdA and CU until the next general elections in November 2010.
Next Election Dates
First Chamber: May 2011

Indicator of Freedom of the Press

World Rank:
10 places up compared to 2008

Source: Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders


Indicator of Political Freedom

Political Freedom:
Civil Liberties:

Map of freedom 2010
Source: Freedom House

Any Comments About This Content? Report It to Us.

Read more See less

No content has been posted to this folder yet.
Be the first to feature your expertise related to Political Conditions in the Netherlands!

  • Post any content you may have that features your expertise, such as a text article with business tips, presentation, market report, etc
  • By sharing your knowledge you gain more visibility for your profile not only on GlobalTrade.net but across the web

Post your content now by simply clicking on the button below.

Check these folders already populated with content posted by other users:

Click here to find out more about key benefits and instructions for contributing to the site.


Post any content you may have that features your expertise and offers valuable information to the international trade community.

The more informative content you post the more visible your will be, as your valuable content will link directly to your profile.

Check these sample pages for illustration: