Jan Peter Balkenende

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Jan Peter Balkenende
Jan Peter Balkenende 2006.jpg
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
22 July 2002 – 14 October 2010
MonarchBeatrix
Deputy
Preceded byWim Kok
Succeeded byMark Rutte
Leader of Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives
In office
23 November 2006 – 21 February 2007
Preceded byMaxime Verhagen
Succeeded byPieter van Geel
In office
23 January 2003 – 21 May 2003
Preceded byMaxime Verhagen
Succeeded byMaxime Verhagen
In office
1 October 2001 – 11 July 2002
Preceded byJaap de Hoop Scheffer
Succeeded byMaxime Verhagen
Leader of Christian Democratic Appeal
In office
1 October 2001 – 9 June 2010
Preceded byJaap de Hoop Scheffer
Succeeded bySybrand van Haersma Buma
Personal details
Born (1956-05-07) 7 May 1956 (age 62)
Biezelinge, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
Spouse(s)Bianca Hoogendijk (1996–present)
ChildrenAmelie
ResidenceCapelle aan den IJssel
Alma materFree University Amsterdam
ReligionReformed 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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