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In the Netherlands, the Kijkwijzer system is used, which is executed by the NICAM.

  • AL Suitable for all ages (in Dutch: Alle Leeftijden). This does not specifically mean a children's movie or program.
  • 6 Not recommended for children younger than 6 years. Replaced the older MG6 ("Meekijken Gewenst"), where parental guidance was recommended for viewers younger than 6 years. This does not specifically mean a children's movie or program.
  • 9 Not recommended for children younger than 9 years. Now a standard rating. First used for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because of very frightening elements that were too strong for the 6 rating, but were not of enough intensity to warrant a 12 rating.
  • 12 Not recommended for children younger than 12 years; broadcasting is not allowed before 20:00 (8:00 p.m.). Since 2012, persons under 12 must be accompanied by an adult to be admitted in 12-rated films.
  • 16 Not allowed for children younger than 16 years; hence, according to Wetboek van Strafrecht art. 240A, it is forbidden to admit such a person to a screening, or rent out, sell, or give the movie (DVD, video, computer file, etc.) to such a person; broadcasting is not allowed before 22:00 (10:00 p.m.).

Mostly, these icons are used along with other symbols, displaying if a movie contains any one of the following: violence, sexual content, frightening scenes, drug or alcohol abuse, discrimination, or coarse language.

Trivia Edit

  • Netherlands has no true "adult" rating; the highest rating is 16, and the age one is considered an adult in the country is 18. This means that even pornography is released with a 16 rating (and on one occasion with the Bible Black series a 12 rating).
    • Japan also lacks a true adult rating; the highest is R18+, and the adult age in Japan is 20.
  • Coarse language alone cannot result in a film being passed at an age category of 6 or higher.

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