For other uses, see Vara (disambiguation).
Omroepvereniging VARA
Type Public broadcaster
Country Netherlands
Availability Netherlands and parts of Belgium
Founded 1 November 1925 (1925-11-01)
Owner membership association
Former names
Vereeniging van Arbeiders Radio Amateurs
Official website

The Omroepvereniging VARA (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɔmrupfəˌreːnəɣɪŋ ˈvaːraː]), the VARA Broadcasting Association, is a Dutch public broadcasting association that operates within the framework of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system.

The association was founded in 1925 as the Vereeniging van Arbeiders Radio Amateurs[1] (Association of Worker Radio Amateurs). The name was changed to Omroepvereniging VARA in 1957 and is no longer an acronym.

VARA originally focused on labour and socialism. In the era of Dutch pillarization the association had close links to the Social Democratic Workers Party and its successor, the Labour Party. For many years VARA's chairmen, such as Marcel van Dam and Andre Kloos, were prominent members of the party. Although the connection between the two organizations loosened, affinities remain, such as a large overlap between their respective support bases.

VARA adopted its current logo in 2002.


Some VARA television programmes are:

VARA also broadcasts some localized programming, such as:


  1. The word vereeniging is an antiquated spelling; today this word is spelled vereniging.

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