1977 Dutch general election

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 25 May 1977.[1] The Labour Party remained the largest party, winning 53 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2] Following the election, it took 208 days of negotiations to form a new government. This was a European record for longest government formation that stood until after the 2010 Belgian general election.[3] The Christian Democratic Appeal was formed by the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP), Christian Historical Union (CHU) and the Catholic People's Party (KVP) in 1976. The first joint party leader was a member of the KVP, Dries van Agt.

1977 Dutch general election

 1972 25 May 1977 1981 
Turnout88.1% ( 4.6 pp)
Party Leader % Seats ±
PvdA Joop den Uyl 33.8% 53 +10
CDA Dries van Agt 31.9% 49 +1
VVD Hans Wiegel 17.9% 28 +6
D66 Jan Terlouw 5.4% 8 +2
SGP Hette Abma 2.1% 3 0
CPN Marcus Bakker 1.7% 2 -5
PPR Ria Beckers 1.6% 3 -4
GPV Bart Verbrugh 0.9% 1 -1
PSP Bram van der Lek 0.9% 1 -1
BP Hendrik Koekoek 0.8% 1 -2
DS'70 Willem Drees Jr. 0.7% 1 -5
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Joop den Uyl
PvdA
Dries van Agt
CDA

Eventually a coalition was formed between the Christian Democratic Appeal and the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy with Dries van Agt as Prime Minister.