Vrijheidslijst is a political party in the Netherlands which has yet to achieve a seat in government. Our main theme is that where there is government, freedom is not.

We are sometimes asked why we would want a seat in government if we oppose (big) government. This is a sound question and possible explanation why so many people who agree with our principles do not support us. This party was founded by a group of people who feel that government can be dismantled only from the inside out.

Some people think that Freedom is for rich people, while we hope to illustrate that Freedom protects the poor even more than the rich, because the poor lack the means to buy their freedom. Other people associate Freedom with the far right and opposition to immigration. We believe that the state should neither limit nor encourage immigration. Our by-laws specifically prohibit people with a xenophobic agenda from joining us.

There are several parties, lists, and organizations in as well as outside of the Netherlands which have words like freedom, liberty, or libertarian in their names. We have no connection to any of them and are completely independent.

The language spoken in most of the Netherlands is Dutch. We chose a Dutch name not because we are nationalistic, but because we hope to appeal to the less sophisticated voters in our country who may find an English or Latin name difficult or arrogant. Some of the names we considered were already taken by other groups.

Below is a brief lesson in Dutch:

Vrijheid = freedom
lijst = list
The intermediate s is necessary to facilitate pronunciation.

Speaking of pronunciation, both the ij and ei are diphthongs with the same sound, which in English most closely resembles a long i as in the word life. However, to a Dutch person, ij and ei do not sound like i.

The two words are written attached because in Dutch two consecutive nouns are almost always combined into one compound noun.

If you like, you can just call us Freedom List. That's easier.

The photograph to the right was snapped and donated to us by one of our members. The plant is a Common Hogweed (Heracleum Sphondylium) growing in the wild. Although the plant's upraised branches, like arms reaching to the heavens, seem to symbolize freedom, the main reason we use this photograph is because it's the only one we have.