Jan Peter Balkenende

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Jan Peter Balkenende
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 58)
Biezelinge, Netherlands
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
Spouse(s) Bianca Hoogendijk (1996–present)
Children Amelie
Residence Capelle aan den IJssel
Alma mater Free University
Religion Reformed Protestant
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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.

In other countries, he is perhaps most famous because he looks like Harry Potter. This makes him popular with young children, but many Dutch make jokes about it and call him "Jan Potter Balkenende" and other names like that.

Balkenende lives in Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands.

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