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List: Top Ten Greatest Netherlanders (Dutch persons)

Date: November 2004

Source: Poll by Dutch television station KRO (Publieke Omroep)

Base: No data on numbers voting.

Notes: The name of the TV programme / series was 'De Grootste Nederlander', which was based on the BBC's 'Great Britons' series. Nominations were made by the public to assemble an initial list and the top ten was then voted on during a live broadcast. The timing of the ultimate vote clearly influenced the result. Assassinated politician Pim Fortuyn was announced as the winner in a live television broadcast on November 15, 2004, only two weeks after Theo van Gogh had been murdered in Amsterdam. In Dutch - http://www.degrootstenederlander.pi.net/

Rank

Name

Notes

1

Pim Fortuyn

Politician

2

Willem van Oranje

'Vader des vaderlands' - 'Father of the fatherland'

3

Willem Drees

Politician and Prime Minister

4

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Tradesman and scientist

5

Desiderius Erasmus

Humanist and theologian

6

Johan Cruijff

Footballer

7

Michiel de Ruyter

Admiral

8

Anne Frank

Writer

9

Rembrandt van Rijn

Painter

10

Vincent van Gogh

Painter


 
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