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States-General of the Netherlands

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Native NameStaten-Generaal
LegislatureStates-General of the Netherlands
Coa PicStates General Logo.png
House TypeBicameralism
(Upper house)
House of Representatives
(Lower house)
Leader1 TypePresident of the Senate
Leader1Fred de Graaf
Party1(People's Party for Freedom and Democracy)
Election1June 28, 2011
Leader2 TypePresident of the House of Representatives
Leader2Gerdi Verbeet
Party2(Labour Party)
Election2December 6, 2006
75 (Senate)
150 (House of Representatives)
House2House of Representatives
Structure1 Res250px
Structure2 Res250px
Political Groups1People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Labour Party
Party for Freedom
Christian Democratic Appeal
Socialist Party
Democrats 66
Reformed Political Party
Party for the Animals
Independent Senate Group
Political Groups2People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Labour Party
Christian Democratic Appeal
Party for Freedom
Socialist Party
Democrats 66
Reformed Political Party
Party for the Animals
Voting System1Indirect election
Voting System2Party-list proportional representation
Last Election1May 23, 2011
Last Election2June 9, 2010
Session RoomDen Haag Binnenhof.jpg
Meeting PlaceBinnenhof
The Hague

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The States-General of the Netherlands is the bicameral legislature of the Netherlands, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The parliament meets in at the Binnenhof in The Hague. The archaic Dutch word "staten" originally related to the feudal classes ("estates") in which medieval European societies were stratified (the clergy, the nobility and the commons). As in the United Kingdom the meaning of "the Commons" widened from just the social class, to the assembly in which those were represented; so in Dutch "staten" became to mean the political body in which the respective classes were (more or less) united. Dutch explorers named several places "Staten Island", a name that derives from the name of the parliament.

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