Pim Fortuyn

Politician

1948 – 2002

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Who was Pim Fortuyn?

Wilhelmus Simon Petrus Fortuijn, known as Pim Fortuyn, was a Dutch politician, civil servant, sociologist, author and professor who formed his own party, Pim Fortuyn List in 2002.

Fortuyn provoked controversy with his stated views about multiculturalism, immigration and Islam in the Netherlands. He called Islam "a backward culture", and said that if it were legally possible he would close the borders for Muslim immigrants. He was labelled a far-right populist by his opponents and in the media, but he fiercely rejected this label and in retrospect his Labour opponents say his positions are largely accepted.

Fortuyn explicitly distanced himself from "far-right" politicians such as the Belgian Filip Dewinter, the Austrian Jörg Haider, or Frenchman Jean-Marie Le Pen whenever compared to them. While he compared his own politics to centre-right politicians such as Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, he also admired former Dutch Prime Minister Joop den Uyl, a social democrat, and Democratic U.S. president John F. Kennedy.

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Born
Feb 19, 1948
Driehuis
Also known as
  • Wilhelmus Simon Petrus Fortuyn
Religion
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • Dutch people
Nationality
  • Netherlands
Profession
Education
  • University of Groningen
  • Vrije Universiteit
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
Lived in
  • Rotterdam
  • North Holland
Died
May 6, 2002
Hilversum

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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