Dataset: Netherlands: Parliamentary Election 2010


<p><b>Date</b>: 9 June 2010</p>
<p><b>Main issues:</b>: The elections followed the collapse of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's fourth coalition government in February 2010, due to disagreement over continuing the Dutch military involvement in Afghanistan.</p>
<p>The succeeding election campaing focused on budget cuts (shortly before the 2010 elections, the country's Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis announced that 29 billion euros would have to be cut from public spending by 2015). The leftist parties - the PvdA, the SP and the Green Left - promised to cut defence spending while increasing taxes for people with higher incomes. But they also argued that too radical cuts would diminish people's spending power and increase unemployment, consequently threatening economic recovery.</p>
<p>The parties on the right - VVD, PVV and Mr. Balkenende's CDA - pledged more even spending cuts, mainly by cutting spending on the civil service and social security. The VVD and the CDA argued that the government needed to implement radical measures so as to prevent the country from going bankrupt.</p>
<p>The pre-election debate also focused on immigration. The VVD promised a reduction in benefits for immigrants while the PVV pledged to restrict immigration. In March 2010, the PVV made major gains in local elections, advocating a ban on Muslim headscarves in public places. The PvdA was reportedly drawing support from immigrants thanks to its new leader, Mr. Job Cohen, who had been popular among the immigrant community while serving as Amsterdam Mayor.</p>
<p><b>Outcome</b>: As in the 2006 elections, no party secured a majority in 2010. The final results gave 31 seats to the VVD and 30 to the PvdA. The PVV came in third with 24 seats, while the CDA took 21 seats. Talks on the formation of a new government are still going on (September 2010). Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende stepped down from his position in the CDA and resigned his parliamentary seat on the evening of the election, saying he was taking &quot;political responsibility&quot; for the unsatisfactory election results of his party. He remains the head of the caretaker government.</p>

<h4>Party abbreviations:</h4>
<li>VVD - People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie)</li>
<li>PvdA - Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid)</li>
<li>PVV - Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid)</li>
<li>CDA - Christian Democratic Appeal (Christen-Democratisch Appèl)</li>
<li>SP - Socialist Party (Socialistische Partij)</li>
<li>D66 - Democrats 66 (Democraten 66)</li>
<li>GL - GreenLeft (GroenLinks)</li>
<li>CU - ChristianUnion (ChristenUnie)</li>
<li>SGP - Reformed Political Party (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij)</li>
<li>PvdD - Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren)</li>
<li>Other </li>
<li>TON - Proud of the Netherlands - Rita Verdonk List (Trots Op Nederland - Lijst Rita Verdonk)</li>
<li>MenS - Party for Human and Spirit (Partij voor Mens en Spirit)</li>
<li>PP - Pirate Party (Piratenpartij)</li>
<li>Lijst 17</li>
<li>Partij één</li>
<li>NN - New Netherlands (Nieuw Nederland)</li>
<li>Heel NL</li>
<li>EPN - Evangelical Party Netherlands / Laclé List (Evangelische Partij Nederland / Lijst Laclé)</li>

Full Title

Netherlands: Parliamentary Election 2010

Identification Number



Date: 2009-04-01


Netherlands  (NL)

Geographic Coverage

Netherlands (NUTS 1, NUTS 2, NUTS 3)

NL11 Groningen
NL111 Oost-Groningen
NL112 Delfzijl en omgeving
NL113 Overig Groningen
NL12 Friesland
NL121 Noord-Friesland
NL122 Zuidwest-Friesland
NL123 Zuidoost-Friesland
NL13 Drenthe
NL131 Noord-Drenthe
NL132 Zuidoost-Drenthe
NL133 Zuidwest-Drenthe
NL21 Overijssel
NL211 Noord-Overijssel
NL212 Zuidwest-Overijssel
NL213 Twente
NL22 Gelderland
NL221 Veluwe
NL224 Zuidwest-Gelderland
NL225 Achterhoek
NL226 Arnhem/Nijmegen
NL23 Flevoland
NL230 Flevoland
NL31 Utrecht
NL310 Utrecht
NL32 Noord-Holland
NL321 Kop van Noord-Holland
NL322 Alkmaar en omgeving
NL323 IJmond
NL324 Agglomeratie Haarlem
NL325 Zaanstreek
NL326 Groot-Amsterdam
NL327 Het Gooi en Vechtstreek
NL33 Zuid-Holland
NL331 Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
NL332 Agglomeratie's-Gravenhage
NL333 Delft en Westland
NL334 Oost-Zuid-Holland
NL335 Groot-Rijnmond
NL336 Zuidoost-Zuid-Holland
NL34 Zeeland
NL341 Zeeuwsch-Vlaanderen
NL342 Overig Zeeland
NL41 Noord-Brabant
NL411 West-Noord-Brabant
NL412 Midden-Noord-Brabant
NL413 Noordoost-Noord-Brabant
NL414 Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant
NL42 Limburg
NL421 Noord-Limburg
NL422 Midden-Limburg
NL423 Zuid-Limburg
NLZ EXTRA-REGIO (abroad votes/postal votes)
NLZZ Extra-Regio
NLZZZ Extra-Regio

Geographic Unit


Unit of Analysis

Statistical/administrative unit

Kind of Data

Aggregate data

Mode of Data Collection

Data was downloaded at NUTS 5 (lau 2) level, i.e. Gemeenten/ municipality. Aggregation was compiled by NSD.

Data Sources

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Recent changes to the NUTS structure:  

January 2007: municipality of Binnenmaas (n.a.) incorporated the former municipality of 's-Gravendeel.
January 2009: Alkemade (NL331) and Jacobswoude (NL334) merged into new municipality Kaag en Braassem (n.a.)
January 2010: Arcen en Velden (NL421): now part of the municipality and city of Venlo (NL421).
January 2010: Helden (NL421), Kessel (NL421), Maasbree (NL421) and Meijel (NL421) - now forms Maas en Peel (NL421).
January 2010: Meerlo-Wanssum (NL421) - split and joined two other municipalities (Horst aan de Maas (NL421) and Venray (NL421)).
January 2010: Sevenum (NL421) - now part of Horst aan de Maas (NL421)
January 2010: Moordrecht (NL334), Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel (NL335) and Zevenhuizen-Moerkapelle (NL334) - merged into new municipality Zuidplas (n.a.).
January 2010: Winschoten (NL111), Scheemda (NL111) and Reiderland (NL111) - formed the municipality Oldambt (NL111).  
March 2010: Rozenburg (NL335) - municipality disband and forms a submunicipality of Rotterdam (NL335).

As new municipalities Binnenmaas, Kaag en Braassem and Zuidplas has not officially been incorporated in any NUTS-regions, they are separated from the NUTS 3 results. Instead, results are presented individually. For NUTS level 1 and 2 they are aggregated into the 'Extra-regio' category.

Availability Status

Data is available free of charge

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