Netherlands

Senate

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Staten-Generaal (States General)
Chamber name
Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal (Senate)
Structure & status of parliament
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
4

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1890
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Twelve Plus Group

Speaker

Official title
President of the Senate
Speaker
Jan Anthonie Bruijn (Male)
Date of birth: 07 Feb 1958
Term
02 Jul 2019
Additional information

Elected on 2 July 2019, re-elected on 27 June 2023.

Speaker terms

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Secretary general

Official title
Clerk
Secretary General
Remco Nehmelman (Male)
Term
01 Oct 2018
Notes

1 Oct. 2018 -

Members

Statutory number of members
75

Notes: Indirectly elected by the 12 Provincial Councils.

Principal mode of designation of members
Indirectly elected
Indirectly elected members
75
Current number of members
75
Men
45
Women
30
Percentage of women
40.0%
Statutory number of members per country 
225
Population (in thousands)
17,502
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
77,787

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
58.4
(2023-06)
Youngest member
Randy Martens (Male)
Youngest member (years)
35
Oldest member
Dr. Martin van Rooijen (Male)
Oldest member (years)
80
Number of members, by age (2023-06)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 0 3 3 1 15 17 7 0 0 46
Female 0 0 3 1 3 14 8 0 0 0 29
Totals per age interval 0 0 6 4 4 29 25 7 0 0 75
Total <= 45: 10 Total >= 46: 65
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
8.0% 4% 4.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
13.3% 8% 5.3%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
Yes

Notes: Voluntary political party quotas.

Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
No information available
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No