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The Hague Travel Guide, Netherlands

The Hague Travel Guide – Administrative Function

This Hague travel guide will give you an insight into one of the most politically aware cities in the world and its main city functions. The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and forms, together with these two and Utrecht, the conglomerate metropolitan area Randstad, which has a total population of 6.660.000. The Hague itself is located in the province of South Holland and it has some 475.000 inhabitants. It is, by Constitution, home for the seat of the government, although it is not the official capital. Still, all the Dutch administrative functions are located in The Hague, which hosts the Senate, the House of Representatives and is the place where Queen Beatrix lives and works. The Supreme Court, the Council of State as well as all foreign embassies are also located in The Hague, together with all government ministries.

The Hague Travel Guide – International Function

The Hague is known best for the role it plays as a city of justice and peace, as it is home to over 150 international organizations with legal and cultural profile. This makes The Hague a very important contributor to international politics and it has been since 1899, when the world’s first peace conference took place in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitration was founded shortly after and its headquarters was built, the Peace Palace. Some of the most important international organizations that function in The Hague today are the European Police Office, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as well as the European Library, the Carnegie Foundation and the Institute for Social Studies. The Hague is also the world’s second UN city (after NY) and is in the process of establishing itself as Legal Capital of the World and International City of Peace and Justice.

The Hague Travel Guide – Multicultural City

The atmosphere in The Hague is quite different from any city in Holland, as it has no student activity due to its lack of a University. Still, it is home to The Royal Conservatory of The Hague and to a vocational University called The Hague University. The city’s population is made up in a very large proportion of civil servants and diplomats, which makes it extremely cultural diverse and it implies the existence of many art centers, boutiques and pubs with very diverse international specificity. Unlike other large cities in Holland, The Hague has very few canals and is built with wider, longer streets. Only the medieval part of the city displays small, tangled streets: the rest of the city is full of parks and green zones, being the most open and green city in the Netherlands. We hope this Hague travel guide has given you a relevant insight into the city and you will not hesitate to visit as soon as possible.

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    The Hague, is the political capital of the Netherlands and because of it's status, the city is highly developed in every aspect. It is affluent, crowded and diverse. Important places to visit in The Hague is the Dutch Parlament, Noordeinde Palace, and Ridderzaal. Although the city is know for...
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