Bonaire status referendum, 2004

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A status referendum was held on the island of Bonaire on 10 September 2004.[1] A majority voted for integration into the Netherlands.[2]


After the 1994 referendum came out in favour of maintaining and restructuring the Netherlands Antilles, the government of the Netherlands Antilles tried to restructure the Netherlands Antilles and attempted to forge closer ties between the islands, as is exemplified by the adoption of an anthem of the Netherlands Antilles in 2000. A new referendum on Sint Maarten, which was in favour of a separate status for Sint Maarten as a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, sparked a new series of referendums across the Netherlands Antilles, however.


Choice Votes %
Status quo 853 15.93
Integration into the Netherlands 3,182 59.45
Autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands 1,290 24.11
Independence 27 0.51
Invalid/blank votes 106
Total 5,458 100
Registered voters/turnout 9,557 57.11
Source: Direct Democracy

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kley, Brigitte. "Results Referendum". Bonaire Talk. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  2. ^ Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles), 10 September 2004: Status Direct Democracy (German)