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Jan Peter Balkenende
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Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
22 July 2002 – 14 October 2010
Monarch Beatrix
Deputy
Preceded by Wim Kok
Succeeded by Mark Rutte
Leader of Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
In office
23 November 2006 – 21 February 2007
Preceded by Maxime Verhagen
Succeeded by Pieter van Geel
In office
23 January 2003 – 21 May 2003
Preceded by Maxime Verhagen
Succeeded by Maxime Verhagen
In office
1 October 2001 – 11 July 2002
Preceded by Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Succeeded by Maxime Verhagen
Leader of Christian Democratic Appeal
In office
1 October 2001 – 9 June 2010
Preceded by Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Succeeded by Sybrand van Haersma Buma
Personal details
Born 7 May 1956 (1956-05-07) (age 63)
Biezelinge, Netherlands
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Spouse(s) Bianca Hoogendijk (1996–present)
Children Amelie
Residence Capelle aan den IJssel
Alma mater Free University
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Jan Peter Balkenende (born 7 May 1956) is a Dutch politician. He was the Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 2002 until 2010. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal party.

Early life

OZW gebouw - Amstel Academie - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (4014982738)
Vrije University in Amsterdam

Jan Pieter Balkenende Jr. was born on 7 May 1956 in Biezelinge in the province of Zeeland in Reformed family, the son of Jan Pieter Balkenende Sr. a cereal grains merchant and Thona Johanna Sandee, a teacher. During his childhood, Balkenende was an active supporter of the Dutch football team PSV Eindhoven, along with his father he frequented many matches. He also regularly visited the local music school and theatre.

Balkenende went to a Reformed Protestant primary school in Kapelle. He attended secondary school at the "Christian Lyceum for Zeeland" in Goes, graduating in 1974. He studied at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where he received a Master of Arts degree in history in 1980, an Master of Laws degree in Law in 1982, and finally a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Law in 1992.

Balkenende resides with his wife, Bianca Hoogendijk, and his daughter, Amelie, in Capelle aan den IJssel, a suburb of Rotterdam. During his tenure as Prime Minister, he did not use the Catshuis, the formal residency of the Prime Minister.

Early political career

Mark Rutte and Jan Peter Balkenende 2012
Jan Peter Balkenende and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte in 2012

He began his career on the staff of the research institute of the CDA and as a city councilman in Amstelveen. In 1992 he received his PhD with a thesis on "Governance regulation and social organisations". One year later in 1993, he became an extraordinary professor of Christian-Social Thought at the Free University of Amsterdam.

Balkenende first entered the House of Representatives on 19 May 1998 while the CDA was in opposition. He became the CDA's financial spokesman and was also involved with social affairs, justice, and domestic affairs. In this role he advocated a substantial reduction of the national debt and sound public finances.

He was elected Chairman of the CDA parliamentary fraction on 1 October 2001. On 3 November 2001, he was appointed leader for the CDA in the tumultuous May 2002 parliamentary elections. These elections restored the CDA's former position as the largest political party in the House of Representatives.

Awards

  • Golden Honorary Medal, of the municipality Amstelveen (Netherlands, 30 May 1998)

Honorary degrees

Decorations

Foreign honours
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Order of the Southern Cross Grand Collar Ribbon.png Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil
CHL Order of Bernardo O'Higgins - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand Cross of the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins of Chile
Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
GER Bundesverdienstkreuz 6 GrVK Stern Band.svg Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
POL Order Zaslugi RP kl1 BAR.png Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland 29 August 2012
SWE Order of the Polar Star (after 1975) - Commander Grand Cross BAR.png Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star of Sweden
Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence of Jordan
Ribbon bar of the Order of the Star of Ghana.gif Companion of the Order of the Star of Ghana
Commander of the Order of Leopold of Belgium 8 July 2016
National honours
Ribbon bar Honour Date
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Knight Grand Cross BAR.png Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau 23 November 2010

Trivia

Balkenende is noted for his strong resemblance to the fictional character Harry Potter. This makes him especially popular with young children, but is also the source of some ridicule.

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