election FAQ

Elections in the Netherlands: 2017 General Elections


On March 15, Dutch voters will elect all 150 members of the Tweede Kamer, or the Lower House of the parliament. Each representative is elected to a four-year term.

This election could have major implications for upcoming elections across Europe, including in France, Norway, and Germany. A victory for Geert Wilders’ far-right Freedom Party could signal that the rise of populist sentiments across Europe may have tangible policy implications. Further, the outcome of this election will be a litmus test for the success of far-right parties elsewhere in Europe.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in the Netherlands: 2017 General Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • Who are citizens voting for on Election Day?
  • Who administers elections in the Netherlands?
  • Who is competing in these elections?
  • What is the political climate and why is this election important?