Amsterdam, Netherlands. Editorial credit: Mo Wu /


The Netherlands is a parliamentary democracy with a strong record of safeguarding political rights and civil liberties. Nevertheless, wariness of immigration and Muslim minorities has grown in recent years, and polarization around cultural identity issues has increased. Harsh policies toward irregular migrants and asylum seekers have been a source of controversy.

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Freedom in the World — Netherlands Country Report

Netherlands is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.