Rutte is now really the longest-serving prime minister in the Netherlands

Mark Rutte is now truly the longest-serving prime minister in the Netherlands. He holds office today 4311 days (eleven years and more than nine months), which is one day longer than CDA Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers has held up.

Rutte has been a VVD leader since 2006. He won a party leader election against Rita Verdonk after a tough battle, which almost caused a split in the party. That year, his party had to surrender six seats.

In the subsequent elections, Rutte had found his way. The VVD has always been the largest party since 2010. Rutte also won brilliantly in the latest parliamentary elections, in March 2021.

In this interactive vanCCEITop3, fifty peaks and troughs of Rutte‘s premiership have been listed. Click through it in random order:

Rutte became the first Prime Minister of VVD-Huize on 14 October 2010. The Rutte I cabinet became a minority cabinet of VVD and CDA, with the support of the PVV. His first cabinet fell on 23 April 2012, when PVV leader Wilders withdrew the support of tolerance.

With his 4311 days, Rutte has outstripped these former prime ministers:

The second cabinet with Rutte’s name was formed after one of the fastest formations ever. The VVD achieved 41 seats and only the PvdA (38) had enough to form a majority cabinet. That served the entire reign and became the longest-serving post-war cabinet.

Four Dutch people who have had to deal with important files talk about their contact with Rutte:

On 26 October 2016, the Rutte III cabinet took office, containing VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie. It fell in sight of the finish line, on January 15, 2021 due to the firm conclusions of the parliamentary investigation of childcare allowance. At that time, elections were already scheduled for March.

The current cabinet, Rutte IV, came into being after the longest formation ever. More than nine months after the elections, the same parties were on the steps that were also in Rutte III: VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie.