Netherlands Travel Guide

Netherlands Hotels

Netherlands Travel Destination
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arnheim, Netherlands
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Breda, Netherlands
Bussum, Netherlands
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Groningen, Netherlands
Haarlem, Netherlands
Hague, Netherlands
Heerlen, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands
Leiden, Netherlands
Maastricht, Netherlands
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Purmerend, Netherlands
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Shertogen, Netherlands
Utrecht, Netherlands

Netherlands Tourism:
Amsterdam Attractions
The Randstad Attractions
Hoge Veluwe Attractions
Maastricht Attractions

Netherlands Directory & Netherlands Travel Information
History of Netherlands:
Dutch Republic 1581–1795
Under French influence 1795–1815

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Netherlands World War II
Netherlands Recent History

Rivers of Netherlands
Delta Works of Netherlands

Climate of Netherlands

Nature of Netherlands

Economy of Netherlands
Infrastructure, Agriculture


Government of Netherlands
Political Parties of Netherlands
Administrative Divisions


Demographics of Netherlands
Languages of Netherlands
Religion in Netherlands


Culture of Netherlands


Education in Netherlands


Netherlands Vacation Trips

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Netherlands Government & Administration

The Netherlands has been a constitutional monarchy since 1815 and a parliamentary democracy since 1848; before that it had been a republic from 1581 to 1806, a kingdom between 1806 and 1810, and a part of France between 1810 and 1813. The Netherlands is described as a consociational state. Dutch politics and governance are characterised by an effort to achieve broad consensus on important issues, within both the political community and society as a whole. In 2008, The Economist ranked The Netherlands as the fourth most democratic country in the world.

The monarch is the head of state, at present Queen Beatrix. Constitutionally, the position is equipped with considerable powers, but in practice it has become a ceremonial function. The monarch can exert most influence during the formation of a new cabinet, where they serve as neutral arbiter between the political parties.

In practice, the executive power is formed by the ministerraad, the deliberative council of the Dutch cabinet. The cabinet consists usually of thirteen to sixteen ministers and a varying number of state secretaries. One to three ministers are ministers without portfolio. The head of government is the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, who often is the leader of the largest party of the coalition. In fact, this has been continuously the case since 1973. The Prime Minister is a primus inter pares, meaning he has no explicit powers beyond those of the other ministers.

The cabinet is responsible to the bicameral parliament, the States-General which also has legislative powers. The 150 members of the House of Representatives, the Lower House, are elected in direct elections, which are held every four years or after the fall of the cabinet (by example: when one of the chambers carries a motion of no-confidence, the cabinet offers her resignation to the monarch). The States-Provincial are directly elected every four years as well. The members of the provincial assemblies elect the 75 members of the Senate, the upper house, which has less legislative powers, as it can merely reject laws, not propose or amend them.

Both trade unions and employers organisations are consulted beforehand in policymaking in the financial, economic and social areas. They meet regularly with government in the Social-Economic Council. This body advises government and its advice cannot be put aside easily.

While historically the Dutch foreign policy was characterised by neutrality, since the Second World War the Netherlands became a member of a large number of international organisations, most prominently the UN, NATO and the EU. The Dutch economy is very open and relies on international trade.

The Netherlands has a long tradition of social tolerance. In the 18th century, while the Dutch Reformed Church was the state religion, Catholicism and Judaism were tolerated. In the late 19th century this Dutch tradition of religious tolerance transformed into a system of pillarisation, in which religious groups coexisted separately and only interacted at the level of government. This tradition of tolerance is linked to the Dutch policies on recreational drugs, prostitution, LGBT rights, euthanasia, and abortion which are among the most liberal in the world.


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Netherlands Travel Destination
Amsterdam Netherlands - Arnheim Netherlands - Bodegraven Netherlands - Breda Netherlands - Bussum Netherlands
Eindhoven Netherlands
- Groningen Netherlands - Haarlem Netherlands - Hague Netherlands - Heerlen Netherlands
Hilversum Netherlands
- Leiden Netherlands - Maastricht Netherlands - Nijmegen Netherlands - Purmerend Netherlands
Rotterdam Netherlands
- Shertogen Netherlands - Utrecht Netherlands

Netherlands Travel Informations and Netherlands Travel Guide
History of Netherlands - Dutch Republic 1581–1795 - Under French influence 1795–1815 - Kingdom of the Netherlands
Netherlands World War II - Netherlands Recent History

Rivers of Netherlands - Delta Works of Netherlands - Climate of Netherlands - Nature of Netherlands
Economy of Netherlands - Infrastructure, Agriculture - Government of Netherlands
Political Parties of Netherlands - Administrative Divisions - Demographics of Netherlands
Languages of Netherlands - Religion in Netherlands - Culture of Netherlands - Education in Netherlands

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