Pirate Party (Netherlands)

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Pirate Party
LeaderAncilla van de Leest
ChairmanHenk Heslinga
Founded10 March 2010
IdeologyPirate politics
Direct democracy
Freedom of information
Open government
Political positionSyncretic
International affiliationPirate Parties International

The Pirate Party (Dutch: Piratenpartij, PPNL) is a political party in the Netherlands, formed in 2006 but not officially registered until 10 March 2010.[1] The party is based on the model of the Swedish Pirate Party.


The party purposefully limits itself to a limited number of positions. It wants to curb Dutch copyright law (where it wants non-commercial use to be free), to remodel patent law, to protect and strengthen (digital) civil rights, a transparent government and a considerate handling of IT-projects by the government.[2][3] Its Declaration of Principles says that its purpose is "to change global legislation to facilitate the emerging information society, which is characterized by diversity and openness. We do this by requiring an increased level of respect for the citizens and their right to privacy, as well as reforms to copyright and patent law." [4]

2010 general election[edit]

The party participated at the 2010 Dutch general elections.[5] The party gained no seats in the House of Representatives, becoming the third highest-ranking party not to gain any seats in the election—with over 10,000 votes (0.1% of the national vote).


The following people were candidates for the Pirate Party in the 2010 general election:[6]

  • Samir Allioui
  • Eva Jobse
  • Ruud Poutsma
  • Dirk Poot
  • Arend Lammertink
  • Wesley Schwengle
  • Bas Koopmans
  • Rodger van Doorn
  • Jorrit Tulp
  • Danny Palic
  • Stefan de Konink
  • Arjen Halma
  • Bas Grasmaijer
  • Robbie Hontelé


The party is member of Pirate Parties International (PPI). International cooperation through the PPI is seen as crucial to realising the goals of the party.[7] The positions of the party are based on the Pirate Party Declaration of Principles.[8]

Samir Allioui, co-founder of PPNL and party leader during the 2010 elections, was Co-President of Pirate Parties International (PPI) from July 2009 until April 2010.[9]

Parliamentary Elections 2012[edit]

On 12 July 2012, the candidate list for the parliamentary elections was announced. The Party leader, Dirk Poot, who two years earlier was 4th place on the list is first on the list, with former leader, Samir Allioui, coming last on the list.[10] The party achieved 0.3%, over 30,000 votes, almost tripling their vote from the last election but failing to meet their target of entering parliament. They also became the largest party not to be represented in parliament.


  1. Dirk Poot
  2. Danny Palic
  3. Rodger van Doorn
  4. Patriek Lesparre
  5. Catherina Betlehem
  6. David van Deijk
  7. Roberto Moretti
  8. Jan Hopmans
  9. Dylan Hallegraef
  10. Mark Jansen
  11. Samir Allioui

City Council elections 2014[edit]

During the City Council elections of 2014 the Pirate Party was active in four cities:

  • Amsterdam: 1.7%
  • Binnenmaas: 2.1%
  • Groningen: 1.3%
  • Zwolle: 1.4%

In none of them was it able to win a seat, but on 21 March it was announced that the party won a seat in the Amsterdam West District Committee.

Parliamentary Elections 2017[edit]

The party took part in the parliamentary elections on 15 March. The party leader was Ancilla van de Leest. The party got 0.34% of the votes (35478 votes), but since 0.67% of the votes is required to gain a seat, the party did not enter the Dutch national parliament.


  • Verrassing blijft uit, IJslandse Piratenpartij niet de grootste[11]
  • Piratenpartij wordt derde partij in Ijsland[12]
  • IJslandse premier treedt af na afstraffing[13]
  1. ^ Piratenpartij (2010-04-13). "Structuur" [Structure] (in Dutch). Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  2. ^ Piratenpartij (2010-04-13). "Kernpunten" [Key Positions] (in Dutch). Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  3. ^ NU.nl (2010-04-12). "Piratenpartij wil naar vrije informatiesamenleving" [Pirateparty wants a free information society] (in Dutch). Novum. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  4. ^ (PDF) http://docs.piratpartiet.se/Principles%203.2.pdf. Retrieved 12 July 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ NU.nl (2010-03-18). "'Piratenpartij doet mee aan verkiezingen'" ['Pirateparty participates at elections'] (in Dutch). Novum. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  6. ^ Piratenpartij (2010-04-13). "Kandidatenlijst" [List of Candidates] (in Dutch). Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  7. ^ Piratenpartij (2010-04-13). "Internationaal" [International] (in Dutch). Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  8. ^ Piratpartiet. "Party Declaration of Principles" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-04-14.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Pirate Parties International (2009-12-30). "About PPI". Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  10. ^ "Candidate and Program announced" (in Dutch). Piratenpartij. 12/07/2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ http://nos.nl/artikel/2140392-verrassing-blijft-uit-ijslandse-piratenpartij-niet-de-grootste.html
  12. ^ http://www.knack.be/nieuws/wereld/piratenpartij-wordt-derde-partij-in-ijsland/article-normal-770855.html
  13. ^ http://www.tijd.be/politiek_economie/europa_verkiezingen/IJslandse_premier_treedt_af_na_afstraffing.9826045-7768.art?ckc=1&ts=1478154643

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