Pirate Party (Netherlands)

Pirate Party

ChairmanHenk Heslinga
Founded10 March 2010; 10 years ago (2010-03-10)
IdeologyPirate politics
Open government
Direct democracy
Freedom of information
Political positionSyncretic
European affiliationEuropean Pirate Party
International affiliationPirate Parties International
Colours Purple

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]


Pirate Parties across the world
 Elected in EU Parliament
 Elected nationally
 Elected locally
 Registered for elections
 Registered in some states
 Unregistered but active
 Status unknown

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.[5] The positions of the party are based on the Pirate Party Declaration of Principles.[6]

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.[7]


Dutch general elections

Election year Lijsttrekker # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Notes
2010 Samir Allioui 10,471 0.11 (#13)
0 / 150
New [8][9]
2012 Dirk Poot 30,600 0.32 (#12)
0 / 150
0 Steady [10]
2017 Ancilla van de Leest 35,478 0.34 (#15)
0 / 150
0 Steady [11]
2021 Matthijs Pontier TBD TBD TBD TBD

2010 Dutch general election

The party participated at the 2010 Dutch general elections.[9] 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).

2012 Dutch general election

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.

2017 Dutch general election

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 (35,478 votes), but since 0.67% of the votes is required to gain a seat, the party did not enter the Dutch national parliament.

2021 Dutch general election

The Pirate Party has announced that they will be running in the 2021 Dutch general election. Matthijs Pontier will be party leader.

European elections

The Pirate Party has participated in two European elections: in 2014 and in 2019. In 2019 the Pirate Party formed a common list with the From the Region Party.

Election year List # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Notes
2014 List 40,216 0.85 (#11)
0 / 26
0 Steady [12][13]
2019 List 10,692 0.19 (#14)
0 / 26
0 Steady [14][15][16]

Dutch municipal elections

During the Dutch municipal 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.

See also


  • Verrassing blijft uit, IJslandse Piratenpartij niet de grootste[17]
  • Piratenpartij wordt derde partij in Ijsland[18]
  • IJslandse premier treedt af na afstraffing[19]
  1. ^ Piratenpartij (13 April 2010). "Structuur" [Structure] (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  2. ^ Piratenpartij (13 April 2010). "Kernpunten" [Key Positions] (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  3. ^ NU.nl (12 April 2010). "Piratenpartij wil naar vrije informatiesamenleving" [Pirateparty wants a free information society] (in Dutch). Novum. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  4. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20090219040335/http://docs.piratpartiet.se/Principles%203.2.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2014. Missing or empty |title=
  5. ^ Piratenpartij (13 April 2010). "Internationaal" [International] (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  6. ^ Piratpartiet. "Party Declaration of Principles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  7. ^ Pirate Parties International (30 December 2009). "About PPI". Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  8. ^ Piratenpartij (13 April 2010). "Kandidatenlijst" [List of Candidates] (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  9. ^ a b NU.nl (18 March 2010). "Piratenpartij doet mee aan verkiezingen" [Pirateparty participates at elections] (in Dutch). Novum. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Candidate and Program announced" (in Dutch). Piratenpartij. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Candidate and Program announced" (in Dutch). Kiesraad. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Kiesraad: Europees Parlement 22 mei 2014" (in Dutch). Kiesraad. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Europa-nu: official PDF with the results of the 2014 European Elections in the Netherlands" (PDF) (in Dutch). Europa-nu.nl. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Kiesraad: Election results by election commission" (in Dutch). Kiesraad. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Kiesraad: PDF with all information about the European Parliament elections in 2019" (PDF) (in Dutch). Kiesraad. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Kiesraad: Europees Parlement 23 mei 2019" (in Dutch). Kiesraad. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Verrassing blijft uit, IJslandse Piratenpartij niet de grootste".
  18. ^ "Piratenpartij wordt derde partij in Ijsland". 30 October 2016.
  19. ^ "IJslandse premier treedt af na afstraffing". 30 October 2016.

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