The Netherlands is a parliamentary democracy. This means that the government is subject to parliamentary scrutiny. The government consists of the King, the Prime Minister and the ministers. Parliament consists of an upper house – the Senate – and a lower house – the House of Representatives. The monarch is the head of state. The Constitution (Grondwet) lays down that the ministers and not the monarch are responsible for acts of government. The Netherlands has been a constitutional monarchy since 1848.
Constitution to extend protection to e-mails
11-07-2014 | 09:37
All forms of communication - including digital communication - are to be protected under the Constitution. The privacy of...
General provision to be added to the Dutch Constitution
27-06-2014 | 17:44
A general provision will be added to the Dutch Constitution to make clear that the Netherlands is a democracy governed by the...
Constitution Festival in The Hague, 28-29 March 2014
19-02-2014 | 15:52
Saturday, 29 March 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the Dutch Constitution – the oldest in the world after the American...