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The Hague

The Hague
Den Haag
's-Gravenhage
City and municipality
Cityscape of The Hague, viewed from Het Plein (The Square).jpg
International Court of Justice.jpg Noordeinde Palace.jpg
Exterieur OVERZICHT INGANG - 's-Gravenhage - 20285549 - RCE.jpg Overzicht voorgevel - 's-Gravenhage - 20358401 - RCE.jpg 2010-05-22-den-haag-by-RalfR-43.jpg
Steigenberger Kurhaus Hotel.JPG 2010-05-22-den-haag-by-RalfR-48.jpg
Binnenhof Panorama in Den Haag.jpg
From top down, left to right: The Square in the city centre;
Peace Palace, seat of the World Court; Noordeinde Palace;
the ; Huis ten Bosch royal palace; the Ridderzaal;
Kurhaus of Scheveningen; the Mauritshuis art museum;
Binnenhof, seat of the States General of the Netherlands
Flag of The Hague
Flag
Coat of arms of The Hague
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Residentiestad (Residential City), Hofstad (Court city)
Motto: Vrede en Recht (Peace and Justice)
Highlighted position of The Hague in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates: 52°5′N 4°19′E / 52.083°N 4.317°E / 52.083; 4.317Coordinates: 52°5′N 4°19′E / 52.083°N 4.317°E / 52.083; 4.317
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
Boroughs
Government
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Jozias van Aartsen (VVD)
 • Aldermen
Area
 • Municipality 98.12 km2 (37.88 sq mi)
 • Land 81.88 km2 (31.61 sq mi)
 • Water 16.24 km2 (6.27 sq mi)
 • Randstad 3,043 km2 (1,175 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (Municipality, May 2014; Urban and Metro, May 2014; Randstad, 2011)
 • Municipality 510,909
 • Density 6,240/km2 (16,200/sq mi)
 • Urban 657,894
 • Metro 1,054,793
 • Metropolitan region 2,261,844
 • Randstad 6,979,500
Demonym(s) Hagenaar or Hagenees
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 2490–2599
Area code 070, 015
Website www.denhaag.nl

The Hague (/ðə ˈhɡ/; Dutch: Den Haag pronounced [dɛnˈɦaːx] or 's-Gravenhage pronounced [ˈsxraːvə(n)ˌɦaːɣə]) is a city located in the western coast of the Netherlands, and the capital city of the province of South Holland.

With a population of 520,704 inhabitants (as of 1 April 2016) and more than one million inhabitants including the suburbs, it is the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Rotterdam The Hague Metropolitan Area, with a population of approximately 2.7 million, is the 12th-largest in the European Union and the most populous in the country. Located in the west of the Netherlands, The Hague is in the centre of the Haaglanden conurbation and lies at the southwest corner of the larger Randstad conurbation.

The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government, parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State, but the city is not the capital of the Netherlands, which constitutionally is Amsterdam. Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands and 150 international organisations are located in the city, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, which makes The Hague one of the major cities hosting the United Nations along with New York, Geneva, Vienna, Rome, and Nairobi. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands plans to live at Huis ten Bosch and works at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, together with Queen Máxima. The Hague is also home to the world headquarters of Royal Dutch Shell and numerous other major Dutch companies.


Climate data for Valkenburg Naval Air Base
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.8
(56.8)
15.9
(60.6)
20.8
(69.4)
25.9
(78.6)
29.7
(85.5)
33.5
(92.3)
33.1
(91.6)
34.6
(94.3)
28.7
(83.7)
24.5
(76.1)
17.5
(63.5)
15.4
(59.7)
34.6
(94.3)
Average high °C (°F) 5.9
(42.6)
6.3
(43.3)
9.3
(48.7)
12.8
(55)
16.7
(62.1)
19.0
(66.2)
21.3
(70.3)
21.5
(70.7)
18.4
(65.1)
14.5
(58.1)
9.9
(49.8)
6.6
(43.9)
13.5
(56.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.6
(38.5)
3.6
(38.5)
6.1
(43)
8.7
(47.7)
12.5
(54.5)
15.1
(59.2)
17.4
(63.3)
17.5
(63.5)
14.8
(58.6)
11.3
(52.3)
7.4
(45.3)
4.3
(39.7)
10.2
(50.4)
Average low °C (°F) 1.0
(33.8)
0.7
(33.3)
2.7
(36.9)
4.5
(40.1)
8.1
(46.6)
11.0
(51.8)
13.3
(55.9)
13.3
(55.9)
10.9
(51.6)
7.8
(46)
4.5
(40.1)
1.7
(35.1)
6.6
(43.9)
Record low °C (°F) −16.4
(2.5)
−14.0
(6.8)
−11.1
(12)
−4.4
(24.1)
−1.5
(29.3)
1.7
(35.1)
5.4
(41.7)
5.5
(41.9)
1.2
(34.2)
−4.4
(24.1)
−7.1
(19.2)
−10.6
(12.9)
−16.4
(2.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 68.4
(2.693)
51.2
(2.016)
59.8
(2.354)
42.9
(1.689)
54.7
(2.154)
61.6
(2.425)
72.7
(2.862)
84.0
(3.307)
89.2
(3.512)
89.9
(3.539)
90.4
(3.559)
76.4
(3.008)
841.2
(33.118)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 12 10 11 9 9 9 10 10 12 13 14 13 132
Average snowy days 5 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 20
Average relative humidity (%) 86 84 83 79 78 79 80 80 83 84 87 87 82.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 65.5 89.6 133.7 190.5 229.0 216.1 227.4 207.1 145.5 110.3 61.1 49.2 1,726.1
Source #1: Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (1981–2010 normal, snowy days normal for 1971–2000)
Source #2: Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (1971–2000 extremes)

  • Centrum (99,283 inhabitants) forms the heart of The Hague. The Binnenhof, the Noordeinde Palace, the Mauritshuis museum, the Nieuwe Kerk, the Grote Kerk, the Old City Hall and the current City Hall are located here. Architecture varies from medieval up to 20th century.
  • Escamp (118,483 inhabitants) is the most populous district of The Hague, built largely after the Second World War as part of The Hague's large expansion to the south east. One railway station can be found here: Den Haag Moerwijk. The district is divided into six neighbourhoods.
  • Haagse Hout (42,000 inhabitants) is a wealthy district in the north east of the city and the location of the Haagse Bos, a large forest. The King of the Netherlands lives in the royal palace Huis ten Bosch, located in this forest. The district also includes the financial centre of the city, the Beatrixkwartier.
  • Laak (40,222 inhabitants) is the smallest district of the city, south east of its centre, for the most part, built in the 20th and 21st century. The area used to be part of Rijswijk, until the municipality of The Hague bought the land in 1844. The Hollands Spoor railway station and The Hague University are located here, as well as the site of the planned mixed use development Nieuw Binckhorst.
  • Leidschenveen-Ypenburg (47,088 inhabitants) is an early 21st-century Vinex-location located south east of the city, geographically connected to the main body of the city only by a narrow corridor. The district is divided into Leidschenveen and Ypenburg, which were part of Leidschendam, Nootdorp and Rijswijk before the areas were annexed by The Hague in 2002. This was the site of Ypenburg Airport which was a military airport during the Second World War.
  • Loosduinen (45,485 inhabitants) is the westernmost district of The Hague. It was a village unto itself until 1923, when it was annexed by The Hague. The less popular of the city's two seaside resorts, Kijkduin is located here. The district is divided into four neighbourhoods.
  • Scheveningen (53,425 inhabitants) is the wealthy northernmost district of The Hague. A modern beach resort, Scheveningen is a popular tourist destination. It has a long sandy beach and its own esplanade, pier and lighthouse, but also a Pathé cinema, a musical theatre and a casino. The district also includes a fishing harbour. Notable buildings include the Kurhaus and farther inland, the Peace Palace.
  • Segbroek (60,054 inhabitants) is a district located between Scheveningen and Loosduinen. The population has decreased until around 2005, but since then has begun to grow again, driven by students and east European immigrants. It became a district of The Hague in 1988 and is divided into five neighbourhoods.
  • The city's major football club is ADO Den Haag. They play in the Eredivisie (the top division in the Netherlands) ADO Den Haag have won the KNVB Cup twice and won the League twice in the era before professional football. They play their matches at the 15,000 seat Kyocera Stadion.Another notable football team is HVV, they won the Dutch league eleven times (historically the fourth biggest team of the Netherlands), but lost their glory now.
  • The local rugby union team is Haagsche Rugby Club (a.k.a. HRC) and has been in the Guinness Book of Records for becoming Dutch (in adult and youth) champions so often.
  • The ice hockey team is HYS The Hague.
  • The handball team is SV Wings, active in the top division.
  • The local American Football team is Den Haag Raiders'99.
  • Darts is another sport played in The Hague; its popularity was increased by Raymond Van Barneveld winning several World Championships.
  • The half marathon race CPC Loop Den Haag is held annually in The Hague
  • In 1994, The Hague held the FEI World Equestrian Games.
  • Lourens, Piet; Lucassen, Jan (1997). Inwonertallen van Nederlandse steden ca. 1300–1800. Amsterdam: NEHA. ISBN . 
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