LeaderMartin van Rooijen
ChairmanPeter Schut
Leader in the SenateMartin van Rooijen
Preceded byParty for Justice, Action and Progress
HeadquartersKneuterdijk 2,
The Hague
Think tankWetenschappelijk Bureau 50PLUS
Membership (2023)Decrease 2,730[1]
IdeologyPensioners' interests[2][3]
Soft Euroscepticism[5][6][7]
Political positionCentre[8][9]
European affiliationEuropean Democratic Party
Colours  Purple
1 / 75
House of Representatives
0 / 150
King's Commissioners
0 / 12
Provincial councils
9 / 570
European Parliament
0 / 29

50PLUS (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvɛiftəx plʏs]; abbreviated 50+) is a political party in the Netherlands that advocates pensioners' interests.[2][3] The party was founded in 2009 by Maurice Koopman, Alexander Münninghoff, and Jan Nagel. Henk Krol served as the party's leader from 2016 to 2020.

The party first participated in the 2011 provincial elections, in which it won nine seats. It currently holds sixteen seats in the provincial councils and two seats in the Senate. On 6 May 2021, Liane den Haan, the party's leader and sole representative in the House of Representatives, left 50PLUS following an internal dispute.[10]


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The party was founded under the name Onafhankelijke Ouderen en Kinderen Unie (Independent Elderly and Children Union) in 2009, succeeding the Partij voor Rechtvaardigheid, Daadkracht en Vooruitgang (Party for Justice, Vigour and Progress). It was an initiative of Maurice Koopman, Alexander Münninghoff and Jan Nagel.[11][verification needed] The party decided not to enter elections for the House of Representatives in 2010.[12][verification needed] During autumn that same year the name was changed to 50PLUS.

Leading up to the 2011 Dutch Senate election, 50PLUS made an agreement with the Onafhankelijke Senaatsfractie (Independent Senate Faction). The regional parties had too little seats in the Provincial council to collectively get a seat in the Senate, and the members of 50PLUS promised to vote for the OSF (Onafhankelijke Staatsfractie) to help them gain one. In return for this, 50PLUS member Kees de Lange would be the OSF's first candidate on the electoral list. On the 23rd of May 2011, he was chosen as a senator on behalf of the OSF. 50PLUS member Jan Nagel also won one seat. From then on, it was possible for individuals to become member of the party.[13][verification needed]

Electoral results

House of Representatives

Election Lijsttrekker Votes % Seats +/– Government
2012 Henk Krol 177,631 1.9 (#11)
2 / 150
Increase 2 Opposition
2017 327,131 3.1 (#10)
4 / 150
Increase 2 Opposition
2021 Liane den Haan 106,658 1.0 (#15)
1 / 150
Decrease 3 Opposition (2021)
No seats (2021-)


Election Votes % Seats +/– Government
2011 2,193 1.3
1 / 75
Increase 1 Opposition
2015 4,388 2.6
2 / 75
Increase 1 Opposition
2019 5,251 3.0
2 / 75
Steady 0 Opposition
2023 3,264 1.8
1 / 75
Decrease 1 Opposition

European Parliament

Election List Votes % Seats +/– Notes
2014 List 175,343 3.69 (#10)
0 / 26
2019 List 215,199 3.91 (#9)
1 / 26
Increase 1

Provincial councils

Election Votes % Seats +/– Notes
2011 (#10)
9 / 566
2015 (#10)
14 / 570
Increase 5




House of Representatives

Main article: Members of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands for 50PLUS


Main article: List of members of the Senate of the Netherlands, 2023–2027

See also


  1. ^ "VijftigPlus (50PLUS)". Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (in Dutch). 27 July 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b Andeweg, R. and G. Irwin Politics and Governance in the Netherlands, Basingstoke (Palgrave) p.49
  3. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2021). "Netherlands". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "De opmars van 50Plus". AD. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  5. ^ Benjamin LeRuth; Yordan Kutiyski; André Krouwel; Nicholas J Startin (2017). "Does the Information Source Matter? Newspaper Readership, Political Preferences and Attitudes Toward the EU in the UK, France and the Netherlands". In Manuela Caiani; Simona Guerra (eds.). Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media: Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe. Palgrave Macmillan UK. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-137-59643-7.
  6. ^ Jort Statema; Paul Aarts. Timo Behr; Teija Tiilikainen (eds.). The Netherlands: Follow Washington, Be a Good European. note on p. 237. ((cite book)): |work= ignored (help)
  7. ^ Rudy B. Andeweg; Galen A. Irwin (2014). Governance and Politics of the Netherlands (4th ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. p. 74.
  8. ^ Hans Keman (2008), "The Low Countries: Confrontation and Coalition in Segmented Societies", Comparative European Politics, Taylor & Francis, p. 221, ISBN 9780203946091
  9. ^ José Magone (3 July 2013). Contemporary European Politics: A Comparative Introduction. Routledge. p. 533. ISBN 978-1-136-93397-4.
  10. ^ "50Plus verdwijnt uit de Kamer: Den Haan stapt op en neemt zetel mee". NOS (in Dutch). 6 May 2021. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Een kat met negen levens. De politieke carrière van Jan Nagel". www.montesquieu-instituut.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 13 June 2023.
  12. ^ Nagel: OokU doet niet mee aan verkiezingen, Telegraaf.nl, 20 maart 2010
  13. ^ Het succes van de partij 50 plus[dead link]