People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Dutch political party
The People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, Dutch: Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (shortened VVD), is a Dutch political party.
The People's Party for Freedom and Democracy is a conservative liberal party. They are the largest party in the country.
It was established in 1948 from a merger of the Freedom Party (PvdV) and the Oud Committee.
Number of seats in the 2021 elections: 34 (-1).
Current political leader Mark Rutte has been Prime Minister since 2010.
- Pieter Oud - 1948-1963
- Edzo Toxopeus - 1963-1969
- Molly Geertsema - 1969-1971
- Hans Wiegel - 1971-1982
- Ed Nijpels - 1982-1986
- Rudolf de Korte - 1986
- Joris Voorhoeve - 1986-1990
- Frits Bolkestein - 1990-1998
- Hans Dijkstal - 1998-2002
- Gerrit Zalm - 2002-2004
- Jozias van Aartsen - 2004-2006
- Mark Rutte - 2006-