Netherlands: Political parties at a glance

Parties in comparison

Liberal
Socialist
Capitalist
Conservative

Explanation of the chart

The graph shows the economic orientation of the parties on the X-axis from left to right. The further left, the more actively the state should intervene via taxes, regulations and redistribution. The further to the right, the less the state should intervene.

On the Y-axis from top to bottom, the parties are categorized according to their life models. The further up a party, the more it prioritizes liberal lifestyles over traditional views and material goods. The further down, the more a party aligns itself with traditional lifestyles and sees the state as the moral authority for living together.

Data was collected through the 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey by more than 400 policy experts. Party positions may change over time. Therefore, the chart serves only as an overview and cannot make statements about specific political topics.

Ryan Bakker, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Marco Steenbergen, and Milada Anna Vachudova. 2020. “2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey.” - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

VVD

People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy
Liberal politics
RE
EU Parliament
Government

VVD (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie) is a liberal party and currently represented in parliament with 24 MPs.

The VVD espouses liberal values, including individual freedom, free-market capitalism, and limited government intervention. They advocate for personal responsibility and self-determination.

D66

Democrats 66
Transversal
RE
EU Parliament
Government

D66 (Democraten 66) is a party of undefinable orientation and currently represented in parliament with 9 MPs.

D66 advocates for liberal and democratic principles, including individual freedoms, equality, and the rule of law. They value citizen participation and transparency in politics.

CDA

Christian Democratic Appeal
Centre-right
EPP
EU Parliament
Government

CDA (Christen-Democratisch Appèl) is a center-right party that is currently represented in parliament with 5 seats.

The CDA represents Christian and conservative values, including the protection of life, the promotion of family, and the importance of social solidarity.

CU

Christian Union
Centre-right
EPP
EU Parliament
Government

CU (ChristenUnie) is a center-right party that is currently represented in the parliament with 3 MPs.

The CU represents Christian values and advocates for social justice, creation care, and the protection of life.

PVV

Party for Freedom
Right-wing
ID
EU Parliament
Opposition

PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid) is a right-wing party that is currently represented in the parliament with 37 MPs.

The PVV is a right-wing party that advocates for national sovereignty and the preservation of Dutch culture and traditions. They emphasize the importance of security and criticize Islam and the European Union.

PvdA/GL

Labour Party / GreenLeft
Centre-left
?
EU Parliament
Opposition

PvdA/GL (Partij van de Arbeid / GroenLinks) is a center-left party that is currently represented in the parliament with 25 MPs.

The alliance shares green and social-liberal values. Environmental protection, social justice, and multiculturalism are central to their political agenda.

NSC

New Social Contract
Centre-right
EPP
EU Parliament
Opposition

NSC (Nieuw Sociaal Contract) is a center-right party and currently represented in parliament with 20 MPs.

The Nieuw Sociaal Contract party places a strong emphasis on good governance and social security. Its principles include personal responsibility, family, communities, and distributed private property. The party advocates for revising the living wage to support people with low incomes.

BBB

Bauern-Bürger-Bewegung
Transversal
EPP
EU Parliament
Opposition

BBB (BoerBurgerBeweging) is a party of undefinable orientation that is currently represented in the parliament with 7 MPs.

The BBB values the preservation of Dutch farming traditions and culture. They advocate for the strengthening of agriculture and rural areas.

SP

Socialist Party
Left-wing
LEFT
EU Parliament
Opposition

SP (Socialistische Partij) is a left party that is currently represented in parliament with 5 seats.

The SP advocates for social justice, solidarity, and workers' rights. They oppose inequality and exploitation and stand up for the interests of the working class.

Denk

Think
Left-wing
?
EU Parliament
Opposition

Denk is a left party that is currently represented in parliament with 3 seats.

DENK represents multicultural values and advocates for the rights of migrants and an inclusive society.

FvD

Forum for Democracy
Right-wing
NI
EU Parliament
Opposition

FvD (Forum voor Democratie) is a right-wing party and currently represented in parliament with 3 MPs.

FvD advocates conservative and nationalist values, including national sovereignty, immigration control, and Euroscepticism.

PvdD

Party for the Animals
Animal Protection
LEFT
EU Parliament
Opposition

PvdD (Partij voor de Dieren) is a animal rights party that is currently represented in parliament with 3 seats.

The PvdD is a strong advocate for the protection of animals and the environment. They oppose the exploitation of animals and intensive livestock farming, and support sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation.

SGP

Reformed Political Party
Centre-right
ECR
EU Parliament
Opposition

SGP (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij) is a center-right party that is currently represented in the parliament with 3 MPs.

The SGP represents conservative and religious values, including the protection of Sunday as a day of rest, the separation of church and state, and fidelity to the Bible.

Volt

Volt
Centre-left
G/EFA
EU Parliament
Opposition

Volt is a center-left party that is currently represented in the parliament with 2 MPs.

Volt stands for pro-European values, including European unity, solidarity, and social justice. They advocate for close cooperation in Europe.

JA21

Correct Answer 21
Right-wing
ECR
EU Parliament
Opposition

JA21 (Juiste Antwoord 21) is a right-wing party that is currently represented in parliament with 1 seats.

JA21 represents conservative and nationalist values, advocating for national sovereignty and cultural identity.

50Plus

Over 50
Centre-right
RE
EU Parliament
No seats

50Plus is a center-right party from Netherlands.

BVNL

Interest of the Netherlands
Right-wing
?
EU Parliament
No seats

BVNL (Belang van Nederland) is a right-wing party from Netherlands.

Bij1

B1
Left-wing
?
EU Parliament
No seats

Bij1 is a left party from Netherlands.

B1 advocates for civil liberties, especially in relation to pandemic containment measures, and emphasizes the individual rights of citizens.

Piratenpartij

Piratenpartij
Unknown
?
EU Parliament
No seats

Piratenpartij is a party from Netherlands.