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Netherlands facts and history in brief

The Hague

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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.

Originally a hunting location, the counts of Holland used it as their administrative centre; all cities had their rights and 'kapsones'.
Des Graven Hage literally means "The counts' hedge".
The stork is the symbol of Den Haag.

The Hague was formally named a city by the French occupation force as late as 1806, centuries after other Dutch cities had received similar rights.
This has led to the urban legend that The Hague is not a city but a village.

The Hague hosts the Eerste Kamer and the Tweede Kamer, respectively the Senate and the House of Representatives forming the Dutch parliament.
Also the Dutch Queen Beatrix lives and works in The Hague.
All foreign embassies and government ministries are located in the city, as well as the Supreme Court and many lobby organisations.

As one of the capitals of the United Nations, The Hague is host to several institutions of the UN:

  • The International Court of Justice, located in the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), financed by Andrew Carnegie.
  • The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
  • The International Criminal Court.
  • The Organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons.

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

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This information is correct in 2003. E. & O.E.

I visited The Hague in 1978 and here are some of the photos of the city I have snapped.

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