Nearly one-quarter of non-Dutch voters are Polish

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Around 13.5 million inhabitants of the Netherlands are eligible to vote in the upcoming European Parliament elections. Of this group, 3.6 percent do not hold the Dutch nationality but do have EU citizenship.

CBS (Centraal Bureau Voor De Statistiek)

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Voter turnout percentage
Source: CBS, European Parliament
1) In 2014, compulsory voting applied to Belgium, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Greece.
Belgium89.64
Luxembourg85.55
Malta74.80
Greece59.97
Italy57.22
Denmark56.32
Ireland52.44
Sweden51.07
Germany48.10
Lithuania47.35
Austria45.39
Cyprus43.97
Spain43.81
France42.43
Finland39.10
Netherlands37.32
Estonia36.52
Bulgaria35.84
United Kingdom35.60
Portugal33.67
Roemenie32.44
Latvia30.24
Hungary28.97
Croatia25.24
Slovenia24.55
Poland23.83
Czech Republic18.20
Slovakia13.05

Trust in the European Union mainly felt by young people

Last year, 45 percent of the Dutch population aged 15 years and over had trust in the European Union. Until 2017, this confidence level was fairly stable at between 35 and 40 percent. There has been a slight increase since then, mainly among young people under the age of 35.

The lowest level of trust is shown by 65 to 74-year-olds. Less than one-third say they have trust in the European Union. On the other hand, more than half of the over-65s indicate an interest in politics; this is a higher share than among young people.

The Netherlands ranks fourth in terms of trust in the European Parliament

According to the European Social Survey from 2016, 41 percent of the Dutch population indicate they put faith in the European Parliament. This puts the Netherlands in fourth place within the European Union. Only Lithuania (52 percent), Finland (49 percent) and Ireland (42 percent) have higher trust levels among the population aged 15 years and over.

Lithuania is the only EU country where a majority of its citizens trust the European Parliament. The lowest trust levels are seen in France, Poland, the United Kingdom and Austria at less than one-quarter of the population.

% of population
Source: CBS, ESS
1)Denmark was measured in 2014.
Lithuania52.4
Finland49.1
Ireland42.0
Netherlands40.8
Denmark40.3
Belgium38.8
Sweden36.8
Hungary33.9
Italy33.4
Estonia32.7
Germany32.1
Czech Republic31.6
Spain31.1
Portugal30.9
Slovenia26.2
Austria24.8
Poland23.9
United Kingdom23.1
France22.1

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