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The Hague (population 450,000,
Dutch: Den Haag, or - officially - 's-Gravenhage)
is the administrative capital of the
Netherlands, located in the west of
the country, in the province Zuid-Holland
of which it is also the capital.
The Hague has eight official parts (stadsdelen): Center, Escamp, Haagse Hout, Benoordenhout, Bezuidenhout, Haagse Bos, Marlot, Mariahoeve, Laak, Leidschenveen-Ypenburg, Loosduinen, Scheveningen, Segbroek, Bomen- en Bloemenbuurt, Regentessekwartier, Valkenboskwartier, Vogelwijk, Vruchtenbuurt.
City life concentrates around the Hofvijver, which is where the Parliament is located.
The beach resort Scheveningen, in the north-western part of the city, is another popular destination for tourists and young people to go out.
The former Dutch colony of Indonesia has left its mark on The Hague.
Many streets are named after places in Indonesia and there is a sizeable, although shrinking Indonesian community.
The older parts of the town usually have characteristically wide and long streets.
Houses are generally low-rise (not more than 3 floors), and quite elegant.
The layout of the city is more spacious than other Dutch cities.
There are almost no canals in The Hague, as they were all drained in the late 1800s.
The Mauritshuis exhibits many paintings by Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn and Paulus Potter.
The Gemeentemuseum hosts a large collection of images from the Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan.
Panorama Mesdag houses a cylindrical painting of 14 meter high x 120 meter long painting, depicting the Hague and Scheveningen in the 19th century, made by Hendrik Willem Mesdag.
The museum Beelden aan Zee has a large collection of sculptures, mainly from 20th-century artists.
The Congresgebouw hosts the North Sea Jazz Festival.
The Hague has brought forth the rock bands Shocking Blue and Golden Earring and the satirists Kees van Kooten and Wim de Bie.
The local football club is called ADO Den Haag.
Famous sportsmen from The Hague include:
1996 Wimbledon Champion Richard Krajicek
The coach of the Dutch national football team, Dick Advocaat
Three times Embassy Darts-champion Raymond van Barneveld
1992 Olympic Champion (10 km speed skating) Bart Veldkamp
For more information about the Netherlands facts and history in brief
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This information is correct in 2003. E. & O.E.
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