Well the tallying of votes in the 15 March 2017 Dutch national elections is nearly complete, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte along with the party he represents, the VVD (People’s Party for Freedom & Democracy or Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie), came out on top, surviving a scare by the populist PVV party (Party for Freedon or Partij voor de Vrijheid) led by Geert Wilders. Wilders was running on the inflammatory anti-Islam platform.
And how did the Dutch citizens of The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Leiden and the rest of South Holland cast their votes in the 2017 election? Let’s take a quick look…
South Holland is the largest province in the Netherlands in terms of population, with just over 3.6 million residents. It is comprised of 60 municipalities. The majority of municipalities are made up of one city (for example, the municipality of Rotterdam is comprised of the city of Rotterdam), but there are quite a few which are comprised of multiple cities or towns (for example the municipality of Westland includes the towns of De Lier, Kwintsheul, Maasdijk, Monster, Naadlwijk, Poeldijk, ‘s-Gravenzande, Ter Heide and Wateringen).
One can see from the map above, that out of the 60 municipalities in South Holland, 52 were won by the VVD party, including the two largest municipalities – Rotterdam and The Hague. That’s not to say the party won a majority in those municipalities. With over 30 different registered Dutch political parties, it is nearly impossible for any single party to ever come out with more than 50% of the vote. On average, in those 52 municipalities where they came out on top, the VVD had between 15.9% (Sliedrecht) and 41.7% (Wassenaar).
The following 8 municipalities were the only ones where the party ending with the most votes was one other than the VVD:
- Alblasserdam – SGP* 15.9%
- Delft – D66** 20.3%
- Hardinxveld-Giessendam – SGP 20.1%
- Katwijk – CDA*** 20.2%
- Leiden – D66 20.9%
- Molenwaard – SGP 22%
- Nissewaard – PVV 23.7%
- Schiedam – PVV 19.7%
* SGP = Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij (Reformed Political Party) – Right… religious conservatives
** D66 = Democraten 66 (Democrats 66) – Center… socially liberal
*** CDA = Christen-Democratisch Appel (Christian Democratic Appeal) – Center… religious liberals