The Hague, The Netherlands

Living in or visiting The Hague? Information and useful links for students, locals and tourists.

Information about The Hague

The Hague (Den Haag in Dutch) is the capital of the province of South Holland, the third largest city in the Netherlands, and seat of the Dutch government and the Supreme Court. It is also home to the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and various other important international organisations.

Though The Hague is often overshadowed by Amsterdam in terms of nightlife or cultural activities, partly because it lacks a major university (and hence much student life), in fact this regal city has its own special charms for both visitors and residents.

For example, The Hague hosts some of the most interesting museums and cultural institutions in the Netherlands, such as the Escher Museum and the Gemeentemuseum (home to the world's largest collection of works by Piet Mondriaan).

The city also hosts several interesting festivals each year, such as Parkpop (the largest free open air pop concert in Europe), the Beatstad rock festival, and TodaysArt.

The Hague is also home to Scheveningen, by far the most beloved beach in the Netherlands, which features a large and smooth beach and the iconic Scheveningen Pier.

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The Hague in numbers

More than 500.000 residents
Founded in the 13th century
More than 100 nationalities
115 embassies and consulates
More than 130 international organisations
11 kilometers of coastline
One third of the city is green space
More than 20 million visitors per year

Videos about The Hague

CityFilm - Den Haag

The Hague - City of Peace & Justice

The Hague - Your New City

Study reveals most popular Dutch towns and cities according to locals

To help regions of the Netherlands become more 'marketable' to tourists, the study looks at residents' views on life in their Dutch towns and cities.

Big Dutch cities see accelerating growth

The populations of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Groningen are surging, due to changes in young people's lifestyle patterns in the Netherlands.

The Hague's Immigration Office has moved

The Immigration Office in The Hague has moved to The Hague City Hall.

New loan for house-buyers in The Hague

The municipality of The Hague launches a new loan scheme in autumn 2013, providing financial support for new house-buyers' renovations and maintenance.

The most expensive Dutch cities for al fresco drinking

An annual review on prices for drinks on terraces reveals that Amsterdam is now only the fifth most expensive city.

Free wifi for everyone in the centre of The Hague

The Plein, a major square in The Hague, is now providing free wifi for all visitors.

More student housing in The Hague

Demand for student housing in The Hague is so great that between 2.000 and 3.000 student apartments will need to be built by 2020.

New high-speed train line between The Hague and Brussels

Plans have been announced by The Hague Municipality, Arriva and Brussels Ariport for a direct train link between The Hague and Brussels.

New website dedicated to university students in The Hague

The Hague has recently launched an English-language website devoted entirely to the needs and interests of its potential student population.

Stab-proof vests introduced for tram staff in The Hague

Starting in July 2013, ticket inspectors working on certain trams in The Hague will be provided with stab-proof vests.

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