5 weird things about the upcoming municipal elections in the Netherlands

Ah, election time in the Netherlands. A time we are all bombarded with election news and being hassled at the train station “PLEASE vote for us!” Well we bring you a different kind of election news to brighten up your day. Here are 5 weird things about the upcoming election.

1) VVD flyers ruining people’s cars

In Amsterdam, the VVD campaign, which involves leaving flyers all over the place and on people’s cars, hasn’t gone to plan. People have complained that they have stuck to their windscreen. It even damaged a guys new car, with green ink leaking all over the car and leaving a VVD imprint on his windscreen.

Credits: Kees Loef

Well that’s one way to get noticed – of course they’re going to get compensated. Probably going to lose a few voters for that one still though. ;).

2) Weird slogans on Dutch elections posters

Terrible election slogans, such as “SO FREE! Like a Strawberry” ‘Zo VRIJ! Als een aardbei’ and “Less tax, more bitterballen” ‘Minder belasting, meer bitterballen’ are just some of the slogans being used in the campaign.

election slogans
Source: sloganverkiezing.nl

These delights, coming from an independent party and the VVD. What does this even mean? Are we all going to pay less tax and get free bitterballen in return? Seems like a plan…I guess.

election slogans

3) Smart advertisement targetting on social media

Like Brexit and the Trump campaign, ‘smart campaigns’ are being used a lot more than usual. Targeting certain members of society using social media data. If you like Tennis chances are an advert for the VVD has come up. Smart campaigns have still not been used as much as some elections in other countries, so hopefully, we wouldn’t see another Brexit/Trump s**tstorm. But it’s still kinda creepy that our data gets used so much to target us with information such as this.

4) Nude posters

Like Pacifist Socialist Party nude poster in 1971, the Piratenpartij has gone down a similar route, showcasing a completely nude man, penis and all. Funny thing is, Facebook took it down because it didn’t follow their community standards. Oh, the Dutch. Well, it certainly gets you looking.

5) Clever (or not) placed posters

Political posters continue to entertain… (but not nude ones this time). You might need to understand a bit of Dutch to get this one, but what it’s basically saying is go forward with D66 and the other poster encourages you to go ‘left (wing)’ with PvdA. Interesting placement of the posters. So you have a choice of going forward into the canal or just turning left. That’s what it means, right?


Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.


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