Emile Ratelband

Emile Albert Rudolf Ratelband (born 11 March 1949) is a Dutch television personality, "positivity guru" and former politician for Leefbaar Nederland.

Emile Ratelband
Emile Ratelband bij DWDD in 2018.jpg
Emile Ratelband in 2018
Born11 March 1949
OccupationFormer politician & television personality, motivational speaker


Emile Ratelband was born in Arnhem on 11 March 1949.[1] He has eight children in 2019.[2]

In 2002, Ratelband started his own political party, Ratelband List (in Dutch, Lijst Ratelband), after being rejected as lijsttrekker for Leefbaar Nederland. Ratelband List took part in the elections for the Tweede Kamer on 22 January 2003, but failed to win a single seat.

In November 2018, Ratelband began a court case in Arnhem, seeking to have his date of birth legally changed from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.[1] Ratelband has said, "You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age?"[3] His attempt was rejected by the court on December 3, 2018.[4]

In July 2019, the Journal of Medical Ethics published an article defending the view that in some cases people should be allowed to change their official age.[5]


  1. ^ a b Boffey, Daniel (8 November 2018). "Dutch man, 69, starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Who is Emile? – Ratelband.nl". www.ratelband.nl. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Man, 69, begins legal battle to change age to improve Tinder chances". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Dutch court rejects man's request to be 20 years younger". The Guardian. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Räsänen, Joona (July 2019). "Moral case for legal age change". J. Med. Ethics. 45 (7): 461–464. doi:10.1136/medethics-2018-105294. PMID 30872325.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Emile Ratelband at Wikimedia Commons