Carola Schouten

Carola Schouten
Carola Schouten, GES The Hague 2019 (cropped).jpg
Schouten in 2019
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Serving with Hugo de Jonge
and Kajsa Ollongren
Wouter Koolmees (2019–2020)
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byLodewijk Asscher
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byHenk Kamp
(as Minister of Economic Affairs)
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
18 May 2011 – 26 October 2017
Personal details
Cornelia Johanna Schouten

(1977-10-06) 6 October 1977 (age 43)
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Union
Children1 child
Alma materErasmus University Rotterdam
(Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant
WebsiteMinister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Cornelia Johanna "Carola" Schouten (born 6 October 1977) is a Dutch politician serving as third Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Third Rutte cabinet since 2017. She is a member of the Christian Union (CU).[1]


A native of 's-Hertogenbosch, Schouten grew up in Waardhuizen, managing her deceased father's dairy farm with her mother and her two sisters for four years, after which time the family ended the farming activities and moved to neighbouring village of Giessen[2] (Waardhuizen and Giessen are nowadays located in the new municipality of Altena).

She attended Altena College in Sleeuwijk and studied business administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a year abroad at Tel Aviv University. Schouten worked at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment from 2000 to 2006. Subsequently, she was an assistant to the Christian Union parliamentary group before entering into politics by becoming a member of the House of Representatives in 2011 upon the resignation of former Deputy Prime Minister André Rouvoet.[3] Schouten and party leader Gert-Jan Segers participated in the negotiations of forming the third Rutte coalition. Since autumn 2019 she has been facing farmers protests because of government's measures involving decreasing the number of livestock.

Carola Schouten is single with a child and is a member of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Liberated). She lives in Rotterdam. Her younger sister Marjan van der Meij-Schouten is a member of the municipal council of Altena, like her older sister on behalf of the Christian Union.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ "Vicepremier Carola Schouten (CU) heeft haar wortels in het boerenbedrijf" (in Dutch). NOS Nieuws. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ Ze schreeuwen het niet van de daken, maar Waardhuizen is trots op vice-premier Carola Schouten, Brabants Dagblad, 23 October 2017
  3. ^ Drs. C.J. (Carola) Schouten, Parlement.com
  4. ^ Municipal council of Altena
  5. ^ De minister die in Brabant campagne komt voeren voor haar jongere zus: 'Heel speciaal', Omroep Brabant, 18 November 2018

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lodewijk Asscher
Deputy Prime Minister
Served alongside:
Hugo de Jonge
Kajsa Ollongren (2017–2019; 2020–present)
Wouter Koolmees (2019–2020)
Preceded by
Henk Kamp
as Minister of Economic Affairs
Minister of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality


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