Provincial parties make gains in Dutch elections
Frisian parties win 10% of the vote
As usual, Friesland was the province with the highest non-state party vote. The Frisian National Party (Fryske Nasjonale Partij, FNP, 8% of the vote) retained its four seats out of 43 in the Frisian parliament and became the fourth largest party in the council. The novelty is the entry of a second provincial party, Provincial Interest Friesland (Provinciaal Belang Fryslân, 2% of the vote), with one seat. The results “show that the people of Friesland want a strong regional voice,” the FNP said in a statement.
In neighbouring Groningen, on the other hand, provincial parties lost ground. Groningen Interest (Groningen Belang, GB) dropped one percentage point and was left with 6% of the vote, although it kept its three seats. The Party for the North (Partij voor het Noorden, PvhN) has also lost one point and is down to 3% of the vote. In this case, it lost one of its two seats.
In the rest of the country, Local Brabant (Lokaal Brabant, LB), a coalition of municipal parties, rose from one to two seats and reached 4% of the vote for the first time.
The other provincial seats were won by Local Limburg (Lokaal Limburg, L-L, 2 seats), the Party for Zeeland (Partij voor Zeeland, PvZ, 2 seats), Strong and Local Drenthe (Sterk Lokaal Drenthe, SLD, 1 seat) and Strong and Local Flevoland (Sterk Lokaal Flevoland, 1 seat).