The Hague – Center of international diplomacy and Dutch monarchy

the hague holland parliament nightThe Hague is the home to the Dutch Queen and the seat of the Dutch Government. Internationally recognized as the world’s capital of international Justice and diplomacy. After New York and Geneva, The Hague is the third UN city in the world. The Hague is also the meeting point of the international haute volée.

The International Court of Justice, with it’s seat in the monumental Peace Palace is one of the most famous institutions based in The Hague, the political and administrative center of The Netherlands.

Then there are the Iran/USA Claims tribunal, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague Conference on Private International Law, the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the European Patent office and Europol all located in The Hague. In the near future the city will also welcome the International Criminal Court as well as the Organization for Prohibition of Biological Weapons.

The Hague, founded in 1248 AD, is situated at the North Sea between Amsterdam and Rotterdam and it is a home to 450.000 inhabitants. Many more visitors come to The Hague every year to enjoy the numerous events and the beaches of Scheveningen and Kijkduin.

The Hague Binnenhof center of Dutch political lifeThroughout the ages, ‘Het Binnenhof’ in The Hague has always been the centre of politics in the Netherlands, the place where affairs of state were discussed. Not only are the buildings themselves well worth seeing, but it was here that the most important events in Dutch history took place. Parliament still meets here, and thus the Binnenhof remains the centre of Dutch political life today.