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|City and municipality|
|Nickname(s): Residentiestad (Residential City), Hofstad (Court city)|
|Motto: Vrede en Recht (Peace and Justice)|
Location in South Holland
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Jozias van Aartsen (VVD)|
|• 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)|
|• Density||6,240/km2 (16,200/sq mi)|
|• Metropolitan region||2,261,844|
|Demonym(s)||Hagenaar or Hagenees|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code||070, 015|
The Hague (/ /; 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.
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