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The Hague
`s-Gravenhage (Den Haag)
Skyline of The Hague
Flag of The Hague
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Nickname: Residentiestad (Residential City), Hofstad (Court city)
Coordinates: 52°05′N 4°18′E / 52.08, 4.3
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
Area (2006)
 - Total 98.20 km² (37.9 sq mi)
 - Land 82.66 km² (31.9 sq mi)
 - Water 15.54 km² (6 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2007)
 - Total 474,680
 - Density 5,743/km² (14,874.3/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

The Hague (with capital T; Dutch: Image:Ltspkr.pngDen Haag, officially also Image:Ltspkr.png's-Gravenhage (literally "The Count's Hedge") is the third-largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with a population of 475,580 (as of January 1, 2006) (population of agglomeration: 600,000) and an area of approximately 100 km². It is located in the west of the country, in the province of South Holland, of which it is also the provincial capital. The Hague is, like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, part of the conglomerate metropolitan area Randstad, with a population of 6,659,300 inhabitants. Hague, pronounced hayg, is a surname, and may refer to: Frank Hague, American politician Mel Hague, British country singer Michael Hague, American illustrator Richard Hague, American poet Rob Hague, drummer Sam Hague, British minstrel troupe owner William Hague, British politician William Hague (boxer), British boxer General William Hague, character in... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links FlagTheHague. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Royal court (as distinguished from a court of law) may refer to a number of institutions: A noble court - the household or entourage of a monarch or other ruler The Royal Court of Jersey - the main court of justice of Jersey The Royal Court of Guernsey - the main court of... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... South Holland (Dutch Zuid-Holland) is a province of the Netherlands, located in the west of the country on the North Sea coast. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Statistics Netherlands is a Dutch governmental institution that gathers statistical information about the Netherlands. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... Time zones of Europe: Light colours indicate countries that do not observe summer time Central European Time (CET) is one of the names of the time zone that is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... Central European Time West Africa Time British Summer Time* Irish Summer Time* Western European Summer Time* Category: ... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... Time zones of Europe: Light colours indicate countries that do not observe summer time Central European Summer Time (CEST) is one of the names of UTC+2 time zone, 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... Eastern European Time Central Africa Time Israel Standard Time South Africa Standard Time Central European Summer Time West Africa Summer Time Category: ... The purpose of this page is to lay out our policies for handling sounds, and give people some useful information for handling sound files. ... The purpose of this page is to lay out our policies for handling sounds, and give people some useful information for handling sound files. ... For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Motto: Sterker door strijd (Stronger through Struggle) Location of Rotterdam Coordinates: , Country Province Government  - Mayor Ivo Opstelten  - Aldermen Jeannette Baljeu Hamit Karakus Orhan Kaya Lucas Bolsius Jantine Kriens Dominic Schrijer Roelf de Boer Leonard Geluk Area [1]  - Total 319 km² (123. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the study of human settlements, an agglomeration is an extended city or town area comprising the built-up area of a central place (usually a municipality) and any suburbs or adjacent satellite towns. ... South Holland (Dutch Zuid-Holland) is a province of the Netherlands, located in the west of the country on the North Sea coast. ... Schematic map of the Randstad. ...


The Hague is the actual seat of government, but, somewhat anomalously, not the official capital of the Netherlands, a role set aside by the Dutch constitution for Amsterdam. The Hague is the home of the Eerste Kamer (first chamber) and the Tweede Kamer (second chamber), respectively the upper and lower houses forming the Staten Generaal (literally the "Estates-General"). Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands lives and works in The Hague. All foreign embassies and government ministries are located in the city, as well as the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden (The Supreme Court), the Raad van State (Council of State) and many lobbying organisations. The seat of government is the location of the government for a political entity. ... For other uses, see Netherlands (disambiguation). ... The present constitution of the Netherlands dates back to 1815. ... For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... The Eerste Kamer (literally First Chamber in Dutch) is the Upper House or Senate of the Netherlands parliament, the States-General. ... The Tweede Kamer (second chamber) is the lower house of the Staten-Generaal, the parliament in the Netherlands. ... For the demesne in The Keys to the Kingdom series, see The House An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the lower house. ... A lower house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the upper house. ... The States-General (Staten-Generaal) is the parliament of the Netherlands. ... Beatrix (born January 31, 1938 as Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld) has been the Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since April 30, 1980. ... A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one nation state present in another nation state to represent the sending state in the receiving State. ... A ministry is a department of a government, led by a minister. ... Hoge Raad der Nederlanden is the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, situated in The Hague. ... In the Netherlands, the Council of State is a constitutionally established advisory body to the government which consists of members of the royal family and Crown-appointed members generally having political, commercial, diplomatic, or military experience. ... This article is about the political effort. ...

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History

The Hague in 1868.
The Hague in 1868.

The Hague was founded in 1248 by William II, Count of Holland and Rex Romanorum, who was supposed to become Holy Roman Emperor. He started the construction of a castle in a forest near the sea in Holland, where he intended to live after his coronation. He died in battle before he could be crowned. His castle was not finished, but parts of it remain and are now called the Ridderzaal (Knights' Hall). It is still in use for political events, such as the annual speech from the throne by the monarch. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 557 pixelsFull resolution (1800 × 1254 pixel, file size: 379 KB, MIME type: image/png) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): The Hague ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 557 pixelsFull resolution (1800 × 1254 pixel, file size: 379 KB, MIME type: image/png) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): The Hague ... The Counts of Holland ruled over the county of Holland in the Low Countries between the 10th and the 16th century. ... King of the Romans (Latin: Rex Romanorum) was a title used by the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire before their coronation by the Pope, and later also by the heir designate of the Empire. ... The Holy Roman Emperor was, with some variation, the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, the predecessor of modern Germany, during its existence from the 10th century until its collapse in 1806. ... Ridderzaal Throne of the monarchs of The Netherlands in the Ridderzaal The Ridderzaal (Knights Hall) is the main building at the Binnenhof in The Hague, The Netherlands, which is used for the state opening of Parliament on the third Tuesday in September, Prinsjesdag, when the Dutch monarch drives to Parliament...


Later, the counts of Holland used The Hague as their administrative centre. 'Des Graven Hage' literally means "the count's hedge" or "the count's private enclosure". The powerful cities of Holland, like Leiden, Delft, and Dordrecht, struck a compromise to choose the then small and unimportant village of The Hague as their administrative centre. This policy was never changed, and The Hague is to this day the center of government but not the official capital. This article is about the style or title of nobility. ... This article is about a region in the Netherlands. ... Coordinates: , Country Province Area (2006)  - Municipality 23. ... Coordinates: Country Netherlands Province South Holland Area (2006)  - Municipality 24. ... Satellite image of part of the Rhine-Meuse delta, showing the Island of Dordrecht and the eponymous city (7) Dordrecht (population 119,649 (2004)), or in English: Dort, is a city in the Dutch province of South Holland, the third largest city of the province. ...


To keep The Hague small, it was not allowed city rights or allowed to build city walls. When city walls were finally allowed in the 1500s, the population decided to use the money to build a city hall instead of city walls. This proved disastrous during the Eighty Years' War, as it allowed Spanish troops to easily occupy the town. Combatants Dutch rebels Spanish Empire The Eighty Years War, or Dutch Revolt (1568[1]–1648), was the revolt of the Seventeen Provinces in the Netherlands against the Spanish (Habsburg) Empire. ...


The Hague was finally named a city by the French occupation force in 1806, centuries after other Dutch cities had received similar rights. All this has led to the urban legend that The Hague is not a city but a village. City rights are a medieval phenomenon in the history of the Low Countries. ...


Because of its history, it lacks a large historical inner city like the nearby cities of Leiden and Delft. But when the government started playing a more prominent role in Dutch society after 1850, The Hague quickly expanded. The older parts of the city are therefore mostly from the 19th century and the early 20th century. The growing city annexed the municipality of Loosduinen partly in 1903 and completely in 1923. Coordinates: , Country Province Area (2006)  - Municipality 23. ... Coordinates: Country Netherlands Province South Holland Area (2006)  - Municipality 24. ... Loosduinen is a former village, now a neighbourhood of the Dutch city The Hague. ...


Parts of the city sustained heavy damage during World War II. The Atlantic Wall was built through part of the city, causing whole neighbourhoods to be torn down by the German occupiers. On March 3, 1945, the Royal Air Force mistakenly bombed the Bezuidenhout district. The target was an installation of V-2 rockets in a nearby park. Due to navigational errors, the bombs fell on a heavily populated and historic part of the city. Over 500 people died and the scars in the city can still be seen today. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... German coastal artillery in the Pas-de-Calais area, with laborers at work on casemate. ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... RAF redirects here. ... There is no article in English yet on Bezuidenhout. ... For other uses, see V2. ...


After the war The Hague was at one point the largest building site in Europe. The city expanded massively to the southwest. The destroyed areas were also quickly rebuilt. The population peaked at 600,000 inhabitants around 1965.


In the 1970s and 1980s the mostly white middle classes moved to neighbouring towns like Voorburg, Leidschendam, Rijswijk and most of all Zoetermeer. This led to the traditional pattern of an impoverished inner city and more prosperous suburbs. Attempts to include parts of the suburbs in The Hague were highly controversial. In the 1990s, with the consent of the Dutch Parliament, The Hague did succeed in annexing fairly large areas from its neighbouring towns on which complete new residential areas were built and are still being built. Voorburg is a town in the municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg in the province of South Holland of the Netherlands. ... Leidschendam is a town in the municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg in the province of South Holland of the Netherlands. ... For other uses, see Rijswijk (disambiguation). ... Zoetermeer (population: 118,483 on March 1, 2007) is a city in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. ...


The stork is the symbol of Den Haag. For other uses, see Stork (disambiguation). ...


The city

Hofvijver and the buildings of the Dutch parliament
View of the 'Hoftoren' (left) and the Ministry of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports (right)
View of the 'Hoftoren' (left) and the Ministry of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports (right)
The Hague City Hall, 1995, architect Richard Meier
The Hague City Hall, 1995, architect Richard Meier

City life concentrates around the Hofvijver and the Binnenhof, where the parliament is located. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 292 pixelsFull resolution (3504 × 1280 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 292 pixelsFull resolution (3504 × 1280 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 597 KB) Summary The sharp building to the left is the 142m tall Hoftoren, the highest building in The Hague. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 597 KB) Summary The sharp building to the left is the 142m tall Hoftoren, the highest building in The Hague. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The Ministry of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports (Dutch: Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport; VWS) is the public health authority of the Netherlands. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Richard Meier (born October 12, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey) is a late twentieth century American architect known for his use of the purist white. ... The Binnenhof (Dutch, lit. ...


The city has a limited student culture because it has no real university, although there is a vocational university called the The Hague University. The city has many civil servants and diplomats (see below). In fact, the number and variety of foreign residents (especially the expatriates) makes the city culturally quite diverse, with many foreign pubs, shops and cultural events. For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Hague University (in Dutch: De Haagse Hogeschool, abbreviated HHS) is a vocational university located in The Hague, the Netherlands. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This page is about negotiations; for the board game, see Diplomacy (game). ... For the band, see Expatriate (band). ... An amusingly named pub (the Old New Inn) at Bourton-on-the-Water, in the Cotswold Hills of South West England A pub in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, Scotland A public house, usually known as a pub, is a drinking establishment found mainly in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada...


The Hague is the largest Dutch city on the North Sea and comprises two distinct beach towns. The main beach resort Scheveningen, in the northwestern part of the city, is a popular destination for tourists and young people. With 10 million visitors a year it is the most popular beach town in the Benelux. It's perhaps for this reason that many, even some Dutch people, mistakenly believe Scheveningen is a city in its own right. That is not the case: Scheveningen is one of The Hague's eight districts ("stadsdelen"). Kijkduin, in the southwest, is The Hague's other beach resort. It is a lot smaller and attracts mainly local people. The North Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, located between the coasts of Norway and Denmark in the east, the coast of the British Isles in the west, and the German, Dutch, Belgian and French coasts in the south. ... Scheveningen pier Scheveningen is part of Den Haag, the Netherlands. ... Location of Benelux in Europe Official languages Dutch and French Membership  Belgium  Netherlands  Luxembourg Website http://www. ... Kijkduin is a seaside resort on the North Sea coast of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. ...


The former Dutch colony of Netherlands East Indies ("Nederlands-Indië", current-day Indonesia) has left its mark on The Hague. Many streets are named after places in the Netherlands East Indies and there is a sizable "Indisch(e)" or "Indo" (i.e. mixed Dutch-Indonesian) community. Since the loss of these Dutch possessions in December 1949, "Indisch(e)" or "Indo" people often refer to The Hague as "the Widow of the Indies". The Dutch East Indies, or Netherlands East Indies, (Dutch: Nederlands Indië) was the name of the colonies colonised by the Dutch East India Company which came under administration of the Netherlands during the ninteenth century (see Indonesia). ... Indo may refer to the following ethnic identifications: - Indo (eurasian) , Indo-European or Eurasian is a term used to describe people of mixed European and Indonesian ancestry, in particular, people of Dutch and Indonesian ancestry. ...


The older parts of the town usually have characteristically wide and long streets. Houses are generally low-rise (not more than three floors), and quite elegant. The layout of the city is more spacious than other Dutch cities. There are only a few canals in The Hague, as most of them were drained in the late 1800s.


Some of the most prosperous and some of the poorest neighbourhoods of the Netherlands can be found in The Hague. The wealthier areas (The Vogelwijk, Statenkwartier, Belgisch Park and Benoordenhout) are generally located in the northwest part of the city. The poorer areas (Transvaal, Moerwijk, the Schilderswijk) can be found in the southern and eastern areas. This division is reflected in the local accent: The more affluent citizens are usually called "Hagenaars" and speak so-called "bekakt Haags" ("Bekakt" is Dutch for "stuck-up"). This contrasts with the "Hagenezen", who speak "plat Haags" ("plat" meaning "flat" or "common"). There is relatively little social interaction between these groups. Benoordenhout is a quarter in the Haagse Hout district of The Hague. ...


The tallest building is the Hoftoren (see image). This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


Geography

The Hague has eight official districts (stadsdeel). They are divided into smaller parts (wijken)[1]. In contrast to Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the "stadsdelen" have no political function and there are no elections for them. Image File history File links Haagse_wijken. ... Image File history File links Haagse_wijken. ...


See Districts of The Hague for a detailed breakdown. The Dutch city of The Hague consists of eight districts (stadsdelen). ...

The Hague city center has 90,000 [1] inhabitants and is the oldest part of The Hague. ... Haagse Hout (Dutch: Woods of The Hague) is one of the seven stadsdelen of The Hague. ... Leidschenveen-Ypenburg is a stadsdeel (town part) of The Hague, in the southeast. ... Loosduinen is a former village, now a neighbourhood of the Dutch city The Hague. ... Scheveningen pier Scheveningen is part of Den Haag, the Netherlands. ...

International Organisations

As a result of its rich legacy in international politics, The Hague is home to over 150 international (legal) organisations. These include the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Image File history File linksMetadata International_Court_of_Justice. ... Image File history File linksMetadata International_Court_of_Justice. ... The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands The Peace Palace (Vredespaleis in Dutch), situated in The Hague, Netherlands, is often called the seat of international law because it houses the International Court of Justice (which is the principal judicial body of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the... The Tribunal building in The Hague. ... The International Court of Justice (known colloquially as the World Court or ICJ; French: ) is the primary judicial organ of the United Nations. ... The official logo of the ICC The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt)[1] was established in 2002 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, although it cannot currently exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. ...


The foundation of The Hague as an "international city of peace and justice" was laid in 1899, when the world's first Peace Conference took place in The Hague on Tobias Asser's initiative, followed by a second in 1907. A direct result of these meetings was the establishment of the world's first organisation for the settlement of international disputes: the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). Shortly thereafter the Scottish-American millionaire Andrew Carnegie made the necessary funds available to build the Peace Palace (“Vredespaleis”) to house the PCA. The Hague Justice Portal is a website that promotes, and provides greater access to, the institutions, courts and organisations in The Hague working in the field of international peace, justice and security. ... The Hague Conventions were international treaties negotiated at the First and Second Peace Conferences at The Hague, Netherlands in 1899 and 1907, respectively, and were, along with the Geneva Conventions, among the first formal statements of the laws of war and war crimes in the nascent body of secular international... Tobias Michael Carel Asser (April 28, 1838 – July 29, 1913) was a Dutch jurist, cowinner (with Alfred Fried) of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1911 for his role in the formation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the first Hague peace conference (1899). ... The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), also known as the Hague Tribunal is an international organization based in The Hague in the Netherlands. ... Andrew Carnegie (last name pronounced IPA: )[1] (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish industrialist, businessman, a major philanthropist, and the founder of Pittsburghs Carnegie Steel Company which later became U.S. Steel. ... The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands The Peace Palace (Vredespaleis in Dutch), situated in The Hague, Netherlands, is often called the seat of international law because it houses the International Court of Justice (which is the principal judicial body of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the...


After the establishment of the League of Nations, The Hague became the seat of the Permanent Court of International Justice, which was replaced by the UN's International Court of Justice after the Second World War. The establishment of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal (1981), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (1993) and the International Criminal Court (2002) in the city further consolidated the role of The Hague as a centre for international legal arbitration. The League of Nations was an international organization founded as a result of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919–1920. ... The Permanent Court of International Justice, sometimes called World Court, was the international court of the League of Nations established in 1922. ... The International Court of Justice (known colloquially as the World Court or ICJ; French: ) is the primary judicial organ of the United Nations. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal is an international arbital tribunal established out of an agreement between Iran and the United States, under an understanding known as the Algiers Declarations of January 19, 1981. ... The Tribunal building in The Hague. ... The official logo of the ICC The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt)[1] was established in 2002 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, although it cannot currently exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. ...


Currently the city authority is seeking to establish an image of the city as the "legal capital of the world" and "international city of peace and justice".


Major international organisations based in The Hague include:

The Tribunal building in The Hague. ... The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia is a body of the United Nations established to prosecute war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. ... The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an agency of the United Nations. ... The International Court of Justice (known colloquially as the World Court or ICJ; French: ) is the primary judicial organ of the United Nations. ... The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands The Peace Palace (Vredespaleis in Dutch), situated in The Hague, Netherlands, is often called the seat of international law because it houses the International Court of Justice (which is the principal judicial body of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the... The official logo of the ICC The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt)[1] was established in 2002 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, although it cannot currently exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. ... Location: The Hague, Netherlands Formation: - Signed - Established 1998 July 1, 1999 Superseding pillar: Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters Director: Max-Peter Ratzel Official website: http://www. ... The Hague Academy of International Law is a center for high-level education in international law housed in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. ... The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), also known as the Hague Tribunal is an international organization based in The Hague in the Netherlands. ... The Hague Conference on Private International Law is the preeminent organisation in the area of private international law. ... The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal is an international arbital tribunal established out of an agreement between Iran and the United States, under an understanding known as the Algiers Accords of January 19, 1981. ... Eurojust (also spelled capitalised as EUROJUST) is a European Union body composed of national prosecutors, magistrates or police officers of equivalent competence from each of the European Unions member states. ... The European Patent Organisation (EPO or EPOrg in order to distinguish it from the European Patent Office, which is the main organ of the organisation) is an international organisation set up by the European Patent Convention. ...

Business

Professional life in The Hague is dominated by the large number of civil servants and diplomats who work in the city. Government ministries and public institutions are almost all located in The Hague. Added to that several large and international businesses have their headquarters in The Hague:

  • Royal Dutch-Shell, one of the largest oil companies in the world
  • KPN (Koninklijke PTT Nederland), the Dutch national telephone company (fixed and mobile divisions)
  • AEGON, one of the world’s leading insurance companies
  • Nationale Nederlanden, an insurance company that is part of the ING Group (shared HQ with Rotterdam)
  • TPG Post, the national provider of postal and logistical services. Part of TNT N.V.
  • Siemens A.G., Europe's largest engineering company has it's Dutch headquarters there.

There has never been any large-scale industrial activity in The Hague, with the possible exception of the fishing harbour in Scheveningen. Many of the city’s logistical and minor-industrial services are located in the Binckhorst district, which contains many large warehouses. A Shell petrol station sign in the UK The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies (called Shell Oil in North America), has its headquarters split between the Shell Centre in London, United Kingdom and The Hague, Netherlands. ... KPN (in full Koninklijke KPN N.V., Royal KPN NV) (NYSE: KPN) is a Dutch fixed-line and mobile telecommunications company, including both 2G and 3G mobile operations. ... AEGON N.V. (Euronext: AGN, NYSE: AEG) is one of the world’s leading insurance companies ranked by market capitalization and assets. ... ING House, ING headquarters in Amsterdam ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING, Euronext: INGA) (known as ING Group) is a financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and asset management services. ... Nickname: Motto: Sterker door strijd (Stronger through Struggle) Location of Rotterdam Coordinates: , Country Province Government  - Mayor Ivo Opstelten  - Aldermen Jeannette Baljeu Hamit Karakus Orhan Kaya Lucas Bolsius Jantine Kriens Dominic Schrijer Roelf de Boer Leonard Geluk Area [1]  - Total 319 km² (123. ... Royal TPG Post wall box TNT N.V. (Euronext: TNT, NYSE: TP) is a provider of global express delivery, logistics, and mail services. ... Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is the worlds largest electronics company. ... Scheveningen pier Scheveningen is part of Den Haag, the Netherlands. ...


Culture

Binnenhof and the Knight's Hall, the political centre of the Netherlands
Binnenhof and the Knight's Hall, the political centre of the Netherlands
Binnenhof buildings at night
Binnenhof buildings at night
Monument at the 1813 Square (Plein 1813)
Monument at the 1813 Square (Plein 1813)

The Hague has its share of museums and cultural institutions: The Binnenhof in The Hague. ... The Binnenhof in The Hague. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2448 × 3264 pixel, file size: 5. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2448 × 3264 pixel, file size: 5. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,072 × 2,304 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,072 × 2,304 pixels, file size: 1. ... Noordeinde Palace is one of the four official palaces of the Dutch royal family. ...

  • "Madurodam" is a miniature city, containing hundreds of scale-models of Dutch landmarks in a typically Dutch miniature landscape.
  • The "Escher Museum" is located in the former Royal Palace on the Lange Voorhout.
  • The "Haags Historisch museum" showcases the history of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day.
  • The "Museum Bredius" houses part of the collection of 19th century art historian Abraham Bredius, containing antique furniture, silverware and porcelain.
  • Museum "de Gevangenpoort" (lit. the "Prison Gate") is a former prison housed in a 15th century gatehouse, with genuine mediaeval dungeons and torture chambers.
  • The "Gemeentemuseum" (Municipal museum) is home to the world’s largest collection of works by the Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan as well as other modern art.
  • The Omniversum is Europe’s first 360° IMAX-cinema.
  • Panorama Mesdag houses a cylindrical 360° "panoramic" painting, 14 meters high by 120 meters long, depicting the sea-front at Scheveningen in the late 19th century, made by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. It is presented in such a way that it is almost as if one is looking at a real scene rather than a painting.
  • The "Museum voor Communicatie" (formerly the "PTT Museum") is the national postal museum and houses interactive exhibits as well as one of the country’s best collections of stamps.
  • The "Louis Couperus Museum" is devoted to the life and works of the great author (1863-1923).
  • The museum "Beelden aan Zee" in Scheveningen has a large collection of sculptures, mainly from 20th century artists.
  • The "Koninklijke Schouwburg" ("Royal Theatre"), located on the Korte Voorhout, is the home of the "Nationaal Toneel" ("National theatre-group").
  • The Lucent Danstheater is home to the internationally celebrated Nederlands Dans Theatre, a modern dance company. The building was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas in 1988. It shares a lobby with the Anton Philipszaal, home of the Residentie Orkest, the city's most important symphony orchestra.

Other tourist attractions and landmarks in The Hague include: Picture: Madurodam, Holland in miniature Madurodam is a miniature city between Scheveningen and The Hague, Netherlands, that is a model of a Dutch town on a 1:25 scale, composed by (typical Dutch) buildings and landmarks that are found in various places of the country. ... A miniature park is an open space that displays miniature buildings and models and is open for visit by the public. ... Mauritshuis The Mauritshuis is a museum in The Hague, the Netherlands. ... For other uses , see Painting (disambiguation). ... Vermeer redirects here. ... Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 - October 4, 1669) is generally considered one of the greatest painters in European art history, and the most important United Provinces (Netherlands) painter of the seventeenth century. ... The young bull, 2. ... The Escher Museum (Escher in het Paleis, Escher in the Palace) is a museum in The Hague, The Netherlands, featuring the works of the Dutch graphical artist M.C. Escher. ... The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is an art museum, located in The Hague, The Netherlands. ... Piet Mondrian (March 7, 1872 - February 1, 1944) was a Dutch painter and an important contributor of the De Stijl art movement, which was founded by Theo van Doesburg. ... The Museon is a science museum in The Hague, Netherlands. ... Image:Science Museum bernoulli exhibit. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Scheveningen village, a small section of the Panorama Mesdag, with fake terrain in the foreground. ... This article is about the artistic term Panorama. ... -1... Louis Marie-Anne Couperus was a Dutch novelist and poet of the late 19th and early 20th Century. ... Scheveningen pier Scheveningen is part of Den Haag, the Netherlands. ... Sculptor redirects here. ... Nederlands Dans Theater (Dutch Dance Theatre) is a contemporary dance company established in 1959 breaking away from a more traditionally oriented ballet company. ... Seattle Central Library, designed by OMA Rem Koolhaas (born November 17, 1944 in Rotterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch architect, former journalist and screenwriter who studied architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. ... The Residentie Orchestra of the Hague is a renowned Dutch orchestra founded in 1904 by Henri Viotta. ...

  • The historic Binnenhof ("Inner Court") and Medieval Ridderzaal ("Knights’ Hall"), which now contains the Houses of Parliament and government offices. A good view can be obtained from the leafy Lange Vijverberg on the other side of the adjacent lake called the "Hofvijver" (lit. "Court Pond").
  • The Lange Voorhout is a wide avenue containing many splendid houses (now home to several embassies) as well as The Hague's oldest and narrowest house and the famous "Hotel des Indes", the city’s most luxurious hotel.
  • The "Passage" was The Netherlands' first covered shopping mall. Dating from the late 19th century. it contains many expensive and speciality shops.
  • The "Paleis Noordeinde" has been Queen Beatrix’ official work-palace since 1984. It is closed to the public, but the Palace Gardens ("Paleistuin") are accessible to the public.
  • The Clingendael Park is an old landed estate with a Japanese Garden. Nearby one can also find the home of the Clingendael Institute of International Relations.
  • Queen Beatrix’ residential Palace, "Paleis Huis ten Bosch", can be found a little outside the city in the "Haagse Bosch" forest.

The Hague does not have a reputation for a bustling night life, most probably because it has no university and thus little student life. What night life there is centres around the three main squares in the city centre: "Het Plein" (literally "The Square"), the Grote Markt (literally "Large Market") and the "Buitenhof" (literally the "Outer Court", which lies just outside the Binnenhof). The Buitenhof contains the popular Pathé Buitenhof cinema and a handful of bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. A similar pattern of night life centers on the cinema in Scheveningen, although, especially in summer, night-life concentrates around the sea-front boulevard with its bars, restaurants, gambling halls and other entertainment. The Binnenhof (Dutch, lit. ... Ridderzaal Throne of the monarchs of The Netherlands in the Ridderzaal The Ridderzaal (Knights Hall) is the main building at the Binnenhof in The Hague, The Netherlands, which is used for the state opening of Parliament on the third Tuesday in September, Prinsjesdag, when the Dutch monarch drives to Parliament... A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one nation state present in another nation state to represent the sending state in the receiving State. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... Noordeinde Palace is one of the four official palaces of the Dutch royal family. ... Her Majesty, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard of Orange-Nassau (born January 31, 1938) is the Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, having acceded to the throne in 1980. ... The Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael or Clingendael Institute (Dutch: Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen Clingendael) is an independent institute of knowledge which studies various aspects of International Relations. ... Her Majesty, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard of Orange-Nassau (born January 31, 1938) is the Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, having acceded to the throne in 1980. ... The Binnenhof (Dutch, lit. ... Theater Tuschinski in Amsterdam Rialto in Amsterdam There are ca. ...


Sport

The local football club is called ADO Den Haag. They have played in the Eredivisie (the top division in the Netherlands) since 2003 but have been relegated to the first division in 2007. A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... ADO Den Haag (ADO stands for Alles Door Oefening, Everything Through Practice) is the main football club in the city of The Hague. ... The Eredivisie (English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands. ...


The local rugby union club is Haagsche Rugby Club (a.k.a. HRC) and has been in the Guinness book of records for becoming Dutch champion so often (in adult and youth). For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ...


The local American football club is Den Hague Raiders 99. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


Cricket is surprisingly popular in The Hague, with a number of strong teams from the Dutch league located there. One club particularly popular with the large expat community is De Kieviten (The Lapwing) [citation needed], located in Wassenaar, just outside The Hague. Note: parts of this article have been translated from the Dutch version of this page. ...


Darts is also another sport played in The Hague, its popularity was promoted due to Raymond Van Barneveld winning several World Championships. For the British doo-wop revival band of the 1970s and 1980s, see Darts (band). ... Raymond van Barneveld (born April 20, 1967 in The Hague, Netherlands), nickname Barney and The Man, is a professional darts player. ...


Annual events

  • January: The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) is the oldest and largest high school United Nations simulation in the world, gathering 4000 students from over 200 secondary schools across the globe.
  • 29 April: "Koninginnenach" ("Queen's Night", pronounced with a "plat Haags" accent) is held the night before "Koninginnedag"; there are several open air concerts in the city and young people flock from all over the country to drink and party.
  • 30 April: "Koninginnedag" ("Queen's Day") is a Dutch national holiday held on the birthday of former Queen Juliana. On this day the colour orange predominates at a funfair (which sells orange cotton candy) and scores of informal street markets. The day is a "vrijmarkt" (literally "free market"), which means no license is needed for streetvending; children traditionally use this day to sell old unwanted toys.
  • Mid-May: The Hague Jazz festival.
  • May & June: The Pasar Malam Besar is one of the largest Eurasian cultural festivals in Europe. It focuses on Indonesian culture.
  • June-September: Den Haag Sculptuur is an open-air exhibition of sculptures. The 10th edition, in 2007, celebrates the 400 years of the relationship between The Netherlands and Australia.
  • The last Sunday in June: Parkpop is the largest free open air pop concert in Europe.
  • July: Jazz in de Gracht is an intercultural two-day event hosting Jazz groups which perform their music on flat-bottom boats and in bars in various places between Passantenhaven and Zuidwal.
  • July & August: The city hosts a series of weekly firework displays by the seafront in Scheveningen, as part of an international fireworks festival and competition.
  • July & August is the annual Summerschool of The Hague Summerschool Den Haag.
  • July: "Milan" Europe’s biggest Hindustani open air event held in Zuiderpark.
  • August: Ha-Schi-Ba (Haagse Schilderswijk Bazar) is multicultural festival held in the Schilderswijk attracting over 100.000 visitors.
  • The third Tuesday in September: "Prinsjesdag" (literally "Princes' Day") is the Dutch State Opening of Parliament when the Queen reads the "speech from the throne" ("Troonrede"). The day is popular among monarchists and tourists who are out to see Queen Beatrix and the royal family in the Golden State Coach ("de Gouden Koets").

This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... UN and U.N. redirect here. ... Koninginnedag in Amsterdam, 2000 A stall at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam Typical koninginnedag-humour in Amsterdam; the sign says overthrow the royal house, referring to the pictures of the royal famly on the pile of boxes one can throw balls at. ... Koninginnedag in Amsterdam, 2000 A stall at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam Typical koninginnedag-humour in Amsterdam; the sign says overthrow the royal house, referring to the pictures of the royal famly on the pile of boxes one can throw balls at. ... A travelling funfair has many attractions, including adult or thrill rides, childrens rides, and sideshows consisting of games of skill, strength, or luck. ... “Candyfloss” redirects here. ... The ‘Pasar Malam Besar’ is the biggest Eurasian event in the world. ... The Parkpop festival is held annually on the last Sunday of June in the city of The Hague. ... Scheveningen pier Scheveningen is part of Den Haag, the Netherlands. ... The Gouden Koets on Prinsjesdag. ... The Gouden Koets on Prinsjesdag. ...

Transportation

Public transport in The Hague consists of a sizeable number of tram and bus routes, operated by HTM Personenvervoer. Plans for a subway were shelved in the early 1970s. However, in 2004 a tunnel was built under the city centre with two underground tram stations ("Spui" and "Grote Markt"); it is shared by tram routes 2, 3, 4 and 6. This article refers to public transport vehicles running on rails. ... Autobus redirects here. ... HTM Personenvervoer NV (HTM, from the former name Haagsche Tramweg Maatschappij) is a public transport company in the Netherlands operating trams and buses in The Hague, Rijswijk, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Delft, and Nootdorp. ...


A regional light rail system called RandstadRail connects The Hague to nearby cities, Zoetermeer and Rotterdam. The system suffered from startup problems and derailings in 2006, but is fully operational now. This article is about light rail systems in general. ... RandstadRail is a lightrail public transport system in the southern area of the Randstad conurbation in The Netherlands. ...


There are two main train stations in The Hague: Den Haag Hollands Spoor (HS) and Den Haag Centraal. It is somewhat confusing that many trains bypass the central station because it is a terminus. For instance, the international Thalys and Benelux trains to Paris and Brussels only stop at Hollands Spoor. The central station does, however, offer good connections with the rest of the country, with direct services to most major cities. With the inception of the Dutch High Speed Line (HSL-Zuid) in 2008/9, high speed trains will run from the central station to Breda, Antwerp and Brussels; Hollands Spoor station, however, will lose its direct connection with Paris and hourly service to Brussels. Passengers bustle around the typical grand edifice of Londons Broad Street station in 1865. ... Terminal Station was also the name of a railway station in Chattanooga, Tennessee; see Chattanooga Choo Choo. ... Thalys PBKA Thalys is a high-speed train network built around the high-speed line between Paris and Brussels. ... Location of Benelux in Europe Official languages Dutch and French Membership  Belgium  Netherlands  Luxembourg Website http://www. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... For other places with the same name, see Brussels (disambiguation). ... The Hogesnelheidslijn Zuid usually shortened to HSL-Zuid, is a Dutch high-speed train line under construction (completion expected in 2007). ... Grote Kerk (main church) or Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Church of Our Lady). ... For other uses, see Antwerp (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Brussels (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of France. ... For other places with the same name, see Brussels (disambiguation). ...


The nearest airport to The Hague is Rotterdam Airport. It is, however, not easily reachable by public transport. With several direct trains per hour from the railway stations Hollands Spoor and Centraal, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is more frequently used by people travelling to and from The Hague by airplane. Rotterdam Airport (formerly (Dutch): Vliegveld Zestienhoven (translated: Airport Sixteencourts) (IATA: RTM, ICAO: EHRD) located in Rotterdam, is The Netherlands largest regional airport. ... Schiphol (IATA: AMS, ICAO: EHAM) (municipality Haarlemmermeer) is the Netherlands main airport. ...


Major motorways (freeways) connecting to The Hague include the A12, running to Utrecht and the German border. The A12 runs directly into the heart of the city in a cutting. Built in the 1970s, this section of motorway (the "Utrechtsebaan") is now heavily overburdened. Plans were made in the late 1990s for a second artery road into the city (the "Trekvliettracé" or previously called "Rotterdamsebaan") have continually been put on hold. Other connecting motorways are the A4, which connects the city with Amsterdam, and the A13, which runs to Rotterdam and connects to motorways towards the Belgian border. For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Motto: Sterker door strijd (Stronger through Struggle) Location of Rotterdam Coordinates: , Country Province Government  - Mayor Ivo Opstelten  - Aldermen Jeannette Baljeu Hamit Karakus Orhan Kaya Lucas Bolsius Jantine Kriens Dominic Schrijer Roelf de Boer Leonard Geluk Area [1]  - Total 319 km² (123. ...


Nearby towns

Warsaw and Juigalpa are sister cities to The Hague. Coordinates: Country Netherlands Province South Holland Area (2006)  - Municipality 24. ... Coordinates: , Country Province Area (2006)  - Municipality 23. ... For other uses, see Rijswijk (disambiguation). ... Voorschoten (population: 22,505 in 2004) is a town in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. ... Note: parts of this article have been translated from the Dutch version of this page. ... Westland (population: 97,270 in 2004) is a municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. ... Zoetermeer (population: 118,483 on March 1, 2007) is a city in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. ... Leidschendam-Voorburg (population: 73,832 in 2004) is a municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. ... For other uses, see Warsaw (disambiguation) and Warszawa (disambiguation). ... Juigalpa is the capital city of the Chontales department of Nicaragua. ...


See also

// Willem Drees - former prime minister Wim Deetman - former Speaker of the Dutch parliament. ... This is a list of mayors of The Hague (Burgemeester van Den Haag): 1824-1842: L.C.R. Copes van Cattenburch 1843-1858: Jhr. ... The Dutch city of The Hague consists of eight districts (stadsdelen). ... HTM Personenvervoer NV (HTM, from the former name Haagsche Tramweg Maatschappij) is a public transport company in the Netherlands operating trams and buses in The Hague, Rijswijk, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Delft, and Nootdorp. ...

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The modern day Netherlands are divided into twelve provinces (provincies in Dutch), listed below with their capital city: Map of the Netherlands, with provinces and capital cities See also the ranked list of Dutch provinces // Structure A Dutch province represents the administrative layer in between the national government and the... For other uses, see Netherlands (disambiguation). ... This is a list of large cities and towns in the Netherlands, sorted by province. ...


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