Major Democratic Centrist Parties


  1. Democracies are defined as only those 86 countries defined as "free" by Freedom House in their 2001-2002 Freedom House Survey of Freedom.  86 countries out of 192 surveyed are defined as "free," but 121 are determined by Freedom House as "electoral democracies."
  2. Only official party sites are listed.
  3. Only parties with at least four percent of the seats in national parliaments are included below.
  4. Centrist:  Just as name implies.  Parties are mostly members of Liberal International (LI).
  5. Party names are almost always only listed below in English.
  6. Most official websites are entirely or partly in English, but some websites are only in the native language of the country of that party.
  1. Democratic Party (PD)  [Andorra]
  2. Justicialist Party (PJ)CDI, IDU and ODCA  [Argentina]
  3. Radical Civic Union (UCR)SI  [Argentina]
  4. Democrats  [Australia]
  5. Progressive Liberal Party (PLP)  [Bahamas]
  6. Democratic Labour Party (DLP)  [Barbados]
  7. Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD)ELDR and LI  [Belgium]
  8. People's Union - Flemish Free Democrats (VU)  [Belgium]
  9. Walloon Liberal Reformation Party (PRL)ELDR and LI  [Belgium]
  10. Party for the Rebirth of Benin (PRB)  [Benin]
  11. Nationalist Revolutionary Movement (MNR)  [Bolivia]
  12. Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS)  [Bulgaria]
  13. Liberal DemocratsELDR and LI  [Britain]
  14. LiberalsLI  [Canada]
  15. Progressive Conservatives (PC)ADU, APDU and IDU  [Canada]
  16. Movement for Democracy (MPD)  [Cape Verde]
  17. Christian Democrats (PDC)CDI and ODCA  [Chile]
  18. Social Democratic Radical Party (PRSD)SI  [Chile]
  19. Social Liberal Party (HSLS)ELDR* and LI  [Croatia]
  20. Democratic Party (DIKO)ELDR*  [Cyprus]
  21. Coalition (US-DEU and KDU-CSL)CDI and EPP*  [Czech Republic]
  22. Liberation Party (PLD)  [Dominican Republic]
  23. Christian Democrats (PDC)CDI and ODCA  [El Salvador]
  24. Center Party (EKK)  [Estonia]
  25. Coalition Party (EK)LI  [Estonia]
  26. Center Party (Keskusta)ELDR and LI  [Finland]
  27. Swedish People's Party (SFP)ELDR and LI  [Finland]
  28. Union for French Democracy (UDF)  [France]
  29. Free Democratic Party (FDP)ELDR and LI  [Germany]
  30. New Patriotic Party (NPP)ADG and DUA  [Ghana]
  31. Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ)ELDR and LI  [Hungary]
  32. Progressive Party (PP)LI  [Iceland]
  33. Indian National Congress (INC)  [India]
  34. Mercaz (Center Party)  [Israel]
  35. Shinui (Change)LI  [Israel]
  36. Italian Popular Party (PPI)CDI and EPP  [Italy]
  37. Clean Government Party (New Komeito)  [Japan]
  38. Democratic Party (DP)  [Japan]
  39. Millennium Democratic Party (MD)  [Korea, South]
  40. Latvia's Way (LC)ELDR and LI  [Latvia]
  41. New Party (NP)  [Latvia]
  42. Lithuanian Liberal Union (LLS)ELDR and LI  [Lithuania]
  43. New Union (NS)  [Lithuania]
  44. Democratic Party (DP)ELDR and LI  [Luxembourg]
  45. African Party for Solidarity & Justice (ADEMA-PASJ)SI  [Mali]
  46. Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)SI*  [Mexico]
  47. National and Democratic Union (UND)  [Monaco]

  48. Congress of Democrats (CoD)  [Namibia]
  49. Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA)CDI and EPP  [Netherlands]
  50. New Zealand First  [New Zealand]
  51. Center Party (SP)  [Norway]
  52. Christian People's Party (KrF)CDI  [Norway]
  53. Christian Democratic Party (PDC)  [Panama]

  54. National Liberal Party (PLN)LI**  [Panama]

  55. Papua New Guinea United Party (Pangu Pati)  [Papua New Guinea]
  56. Peru Possible (PP)  [Peru]
  57. Union for Peru (UPP)  [Peru]
  58. Civic Platform (PO)  [Poland]
  59. National Liberal Party (PNL)ELDR and LI  [Romania]
  60. Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) [Samoa]
  61. Popular Alliance of San Marino Democrats (APDS)  [San Marino]
  62. Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK)CDI**, EDU and EPP*  [Slovakia]
  63. Liberal Democracy (LDS)ELDR and LI  [Slovenia]
  64. New Slovenian Christian People's Party (NSI)  [Slovenia]
  65. Party of the Slovenia Youth (SMS)  [Slovenia]
  66. Democratic Alliance (DA)LI  [South Africa]
  67. Democratic Alternative '91 (DA '91)  [Suriname]
  68. Center PartyELDR  [Sweden]
  69. Liberal People's Party (FPL)ELDR and LI  [Sweden]
  70. Free Democratic Party (FDP/PRD)ELDR and LI  [Switzerland]
  71. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP MCT)LI**  [Taiwan]
  72. Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) [Taiwan]
  73. National Development Party (PCP)  [Thailand]


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