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Election and Democracy
Netherlands
Voter turnout in the national election81.9% (March 2019 or latest)
[7/36countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections5.80 (2014)
[11/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes91.8% (2014)
[5/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign84.3% (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions61.6% (2014)
[16/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today6.59 (2014)
[6/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago7.09 (2014)
[6/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now6.25 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living5.99 (2014)
[23/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities6.01 (2014)
[16/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making5.46 (2014)
[24/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions3.85 (2014)
[24/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances5.90 (2014)
[20/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights4.85 (2014)
[17/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections3.21 (2014)
[23/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote4.80 (2014)
[18/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone6.57 (2014)
[12/26countries]
Politician
Netherlands
Number of total seats in the Parliament225 (2017)
[20/36countries]
Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population13.22 (2017)
[27/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives150 (2017)
[24/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population8.81 (2017)
[26/36countries]
% of seats held by women in national parliaments36.0% (2017)
[12/36countries]
Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)37.5% (2017)
[10/35countries]
% of those who trust politicians34.1% (2014)
[8/26countries]
% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest29.9% (2014)
[24/26countries]
Political party and organization
Netherlands
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics27.9% (2014)
[16/26countries]
% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices53.0% (2014)
[8/26countries]
% of those who belong to a political party8.0% (2014)
[9/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations4.20 (2014)
[10/26countries]
Parliament
Netherlands
% of those who have confidence in parliament63.5% (2008)
[8/30countries]
% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law25.6% (2014)
[2/26countries]
Political awareness
Netherlands
% of those interested in politics (4 choices)65.3% (2014)
[3/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is left15.5% (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is center35.4% (2014)
[24/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is right23.7% (2014)
[4/26countries]
Average of political position5.37 (2014)
[8/26countries]
% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers69.8% (2014)
[2/26countries]
% of those who read the political content of a newspaper every day49.3% (2014)
[1/18countries]
% of those who never read the political content of a newspaper11.6% (2014)
[16/18countries]
% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day78.4% (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information3.5% (2014)
[15/26countries]
% of those who watch political news on television every day51.3% (2014)
[8/18countries]
% of those who never watch political news on television6.1% (2014)
[18/18countries]
% of those who listen to political news on the radio every day27.9% (2014)
[9/18countries]
% of those who never listen to political news on the radio31.2% (2014)
[12/18countries]
% of those who use the Internet to obtain political news or information every day27.3% (2014)
[6/17countries]
% of those who never use the Internet to obtain political news or information33.4% (2014)
[13/17countries]
% of those who have expressed political views on the internet11.1% (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion48.7% (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government14.1% (2014)
[22/26countries]
% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think42.2% (2014)
[22/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government5.84 (2014)
[5/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.89 (2014)
[3/26countries]
Political action
Netherlands
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law43.8% (2014)
[5/26countries]
% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views27.6% (2014)
[4/26countries]
% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity43.2% (2014)
[10/26countries]
% of those who have signed a petition62.5% (2014)
[11/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more4.56 (2014)
[13/26countries]
% of those who have attended a political meeting30.4% (2014)
[7/26countries]
% of those who have attended demonstrations26.2% (2014)
[9/26countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings4.6% (2014)
[26/26countries]
Government
Netherlands
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 63.6% (2010)
[3/34countries]
Public officials
Netherlands
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older30.3% (2015)
[6/31countries]
% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people68.3% (2014)
[9/25countries]
% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption71.8% (2014)
[2/26countries]
Public finance
Netherlands
General government expenditure, % of GDP45.3% (2015)
[14/35countries]
General government revenue, % of GDP43.3% (2015)
[14/35countries]
General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-2.1% (2015)
[20/36countries]
General government gross debt, % of GDP78.1% (2015)
[16/35countries]
General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-43.0% (2015)
[20/33countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget2.70% (2016)
[14/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget4.27% (2016)
[15/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget8.99% (2016)
[20/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget3.14% (2016)
[2/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget0.72% (2016)
[25/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget17.71% (2016)
[8/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget3.09% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget12.17% (2016)
[14/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget37.29% (2016)
[18/32countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP1.17% (2016)
[16/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP1.84% (2016)
[11/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP3.87% (2016)
[20/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP1.35% (2016)
[2/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.31% (2016)
[27/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP7.63% (2016)
[6/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP1.33% (2016)
[10/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP5.25% (2016)
[14/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP16.07% (2016)
[17/32countries]
Tax
Netherlands
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates21.0% (2015)
[13/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)25.00% (2018)
[15/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)20 (2016)
[10/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)20.9% (2010)
[12/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)17.9% (2010)
[22/36countries]
Total tax rate (% of proft)40.5% (2010)
[22/36countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes5.91 (2014)
[22/26countries]
Social security
Netherlands
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)22.9% (2013)
[15/34countries]
Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)100 (2009)
[1/34countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.52 (2014)
[13/26countries]
Law and Justice
Netherlands
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations5.96 (2014)
[20/26countries]
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts62.4% (2010)
[10/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)78.5% (2008)
[8/30countries]