1977 Dutch general election
General elections were held in the Netherlands on 25 May 1977. The Labour Party remained the largest party, winning 53 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives. Following the election, it took 208 days of negotiations to form a new government. This was a European record for longest government formation that stood until after the 2010 Belgian general election. The Christian Democratic Appeal was formed by the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP), Christian Historical Union (CHU) and the Catholic People's Party (KVP) in 1976. The first joint party leader was a member of the KVP, Dries van Agt.
|Turnout||88.1% ( 4.6 pp)|
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
|Christian Democratic Appeal||2,652,278||31.89||49||+1|
|People's Party for Freedom and Democracy||1,492,689||17.95||28||+6|
|Reformed Political Party||177,010||2.13||3||0|
|Communist Party of the Netherlands||143,481||1.73||2||–5|
|Political Party of Radicals||140,910||1.69||3||–4|
|Reformed Political League||79,421||0.95||1||–1|
|Pacifist Socialist Party||77,972||0.94||1||–1|
|Democratic Socialists '70||59,487||0.72||1||–5|
|Reformatory Political Federation||53,220||0.64||0||New|
|Roman Catholic Party of the Netherlands||33,227||0.40||0||–1|
|Federation of Elderly Parties of the Netherlands||4,379||0.05||0||New|
|Union Against Arbitrariness of Civil Servants||4,110||0.05||0||New|
|Communist Unity Movement of the Netherlands||2,649||0.03||0||New|
|Democratic Action Centre||2,150||0.03||0||New|
|Party of the Taxpayers||201||0.00||0||New|
|European Conservative Union||197||0.00||0||New|
|Dutch Middle Class Party||89||0.00||0||0|
- Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
- Nohlen & Stöver, p1414
- Laurent Thomet (January 8, 2011). "Belgium's shoddy political record poses financial threat". Retrieved 2011-01-27.
Without a government for nearly seven months, Belgium now holds a dubious record in Europe and with no end in sight to the political crisis, fears are growing of a backlash from watchful markets. The divided country on Saturday broke the 208-day mark set by the Netherlands in 1977 for being without a government.