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.
General provision to be added to the Dutch Constitution
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
Saturday, 29 March 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the Dutch Constitution – the oldest in the world after the American...
200 years the Kingdom of the Netherlands
The Kingdom of the Netherlands is 200 years old. Celebrations marking the bicentenary will be held from 2013 to 2015.
Bill for a smaller parliament
The government will be sending a bill to the House of Representatives to decrease the number of MPs in both the House and the...