States of Zeeland

States of Zeeland
Staten van Zeeland
Han Polman (D66)
Since 1 March 2013
Seats 39
Political groups

Government (22)

Opposition (17)

Last election
18 March 2015
Next election
March 2019
Meeting place

The States of Zeeland (Dutch: Staten van Zeeland, pronounced [ˈstaːtə(n) vɑn ˈzeːlɑnt]) are the States-Provincial for the Dutch province of Zeeland. It forms the legislative body of the province. Its 39 seats are distributed every four years in provincial elections. Since 2013, it has been chaired by Han Polman (D66).[1]


During the rule of Charles V, the States of Zeeland was made up of prelates from the area (e.g. the abbot of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Abdij in Middelburg), the main nobles of Zeeland (the Ridderschap) and representatives of the area's six largest cities (known as pensionaries). These cities were Middelburg, Zierikzee, Goes, Reimerswaal and Tholen (with Vlissingen and Veere added after the Dutch Revolt). Decisions were taken by majority vote and the body and area were represented at the States General of the Netherlands by the Grand Pensionary of Zeeland, with this regional states (like the others) also nominating Zeeland's members of the States-General. Its executive board was known as the Gecommitteerde Raden. From 1578, these, the Zeeuwse Admiraliteitscollege and other regional representatives oversaw the Admiralty of Zeeland.

Current composition

Since the 2015 provincial elections, the seats of the States of Zeeland are as following:[2]

Party Votes Seats
# % # +/-
Christian Democratic Appeal21,84714.536Steady0
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy20,30313.516Decrease1
Reformed Political Party19,62913.066Increase2
Socialist Party16,26210.824Increase2
Party for Freedom15,43410.274Decrease1
Labour Party14,1899.444Decrease3
Democrats 6610,4036.923Increase1
Zeeland Local5,8153.871New
Party for Zeeland5,7873.851Decrease1
Provincial Interest Zeeland2,3881.590New

See also


  1. "Commissaris van de Koning". Bestuur Zeeland (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  2. "Verkiezingsuitslagen 1918 tot heden". Kiesraad (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 June 2015.
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