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The Hague

June 12, 2022

Quietly towering over the western shore of The Netherlands as it calmly gazes over the North Sea, The Hague has become the home of over half a million residents of 180 different nationalities. The Hague is the host of the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, as well as the royal and administrative capital of The Netherlands, although it is not the country's constitutional capital.

The Hague is a very environmentally minded city, housing more trees than residents throughout its extension. Little is known of The Hague's origins, but the city has played an important role in history and politics since the 13th century. As a matter of fact, the famous Knights' Hall completed by Floris V is still intact. Early in its history, The Hague became the administrative center and main residence of the Counts of Holland starting in 1358 and remained so throughout the Middle Ages.

These days, The Hague is a combination of modern architecture, with imposing buildings and spacious streets, and smaller historical areas, some of which can be dated back to the Middle Ages together with a church built in the 15th century and the impressive City Hall building that was erected in the 16th century. The Hague also boasts of a great variety of nationalities, making it one of the most culturally diverse locations in The Netherlands. It is this feature that allows visitors of all backgrounds to be amazed by the number of foreign pubs, stores, and events that have the ability to make them feel right at home.


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