It is also the seat of government of the Netherlands and hosts the International Court of Justiceone of the most important courts in the world. With a metropolitan population of more than 1 million, it is the third-largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Rotterdam—The Hague metropolitan areawith a population of approximately 2. 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 Cabinetthe States Generalthe Supreme Courtand the Council of State of the Netherlands, but the city is not the constitutional capital of the Netherlandswhich is Amsterdam. Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located in the city. The Hague is known as the home of international law and arbitration. The International Court of Justicethe main judicial arm of the United Nations, is located in the city, as well as the International Criminal Courtthe Permanent Court Pierdo Control - DJ Kick & Midi Mark - Pumpin House Vs.
Hard House ArbitrationEuropoland approximately other international governmental organisations. The Hague was first mentioned as Die Haghe in Today, this name is only used in some official documents like birth and marriage certificates.
The city itself uses "Den Haag" in all its communications. Little is known about the origin of The Hague. There are no contemporary documents describing it, and later sources are often of dubious reliability. What is certain is that The Hague was founded by the last counts of the House of Holland.
Floris IV already owned two residences in the area, but presumably purchased a third court situated by the present-day Hofvijver inpreviously owned by a woman called Meilendis. Presumably, Floris IV intended to rebuild the court into a large castle, but he died in a tournament inbefore anything was built.
He died in before this palace was completed but parts of it were finished during the reign of his son Floris Vof which the Ridderzaal "Knights' Hall"still intact, is the most prominent. From the 13th century onward, the counts of Holland used The Hague as their administrative center and residence The Hague City - Novamen - The Hague City in Holland.
The village that originated The Hague City - Novamen - The Hague City the Binnenhof was first mentioned as Die Haghe in a charter dating from It became the primary residence of the Counts of Holland inand thus became the The Hague City - Novamen - The Hague City of many government institutions. This status allowed the village to grow; by the Late Middle Ages, it had grown to the size of The Hague City - Novamen - The Hague City city, although it did not receive city rights.
Seeking to exercise more direct control over the village, however, the Count split the village off and created a separate ambacht called Haagambacht, governed The Hague City - Novamen - The Hague City by the Counts of Holland. The territory of Haagambacht was considerably expanded during the reign of Floris V. When the House of Burgundy inherited the counties of Holland and Zeeland inthey appointed a stadtholder to rule in their stead with the States of Holland and West Friesland as an advisory council.
Although their seat was located in The Hague, the city became subordinate to more important centres of government such as Brussels and Mechelenfrom where the sovereigns ruled over the increasingly centralised Burgundian Netherlands. At the beginning of the Eighty Years' Warthe absence of city walls proved disastrous, as it allowed Spanish troops to easily occupy the town. Inthe States of Holland, temporarily based in Delfteven considered demolishing the city but this proposal was abandoned, after mediation by William the Silent.
In modern administrative law, "city rights" have no place anymore. Inwhen the Kingdom of Holland was a puppet state of the First French Empirethe settlement was granted city rights by Louis Bonaparte.
As a compromise, Brussels and Amsterdam alternated as capital every two years, with the government remaining in The Hague.
After the separation of Belgium inAmsterdam remained the capital of the Netherlands, while the government was situated in The Hague. When the government started to play a more prominent role in Dutch society afterThe Hague quickly expanded. Many streets were specifically built for the large number of civil servants employed in the country's government and for the Dutchmen who were retiring from the administration of the Netherlands East Indies.
The growing city annexed the rural municipality of Loosduinen partly in and completely in Tal Bachman - Tal Bachman city sustained heavy damage during World War II.
Many Jews were killed during the German occupation. Additionally, the Atlantic Wall was built through the city, causing a large quarter to be torn down by the Nazi occupants. The target was an installation of V-2 rockets in the nearby Haagse Bos park, but because of navigational errors, the bombs fell on a heavily populated and historic Reng-e Harbi - Dariush Talai* - Radif - Volume IV of the city.
After the war, Shadows Temple - Moi dix Mois - Nocturnal Opera Hague became at one time the largest building site in Europe. The city expanded massively to the south-west, and the destroyed areas The Hague City - Novamen - The Hague City quickly rebuilt.
The population peaked atinhabitants around In the s and s, mostly white middle-class families moved to neighbouring towns like VoorburgLeidschendamRijswijk and, most of all, Zoetermeer.
This led to the traditional pattern of an impoverished inner city and more prosperous suburbs. Attempts to include parts of these municipalities in the city of The Hague were highly controversial. In the s, with the consent of the Dutch Parliament, The Hague annexed fairly large areas from neighbouring towns as well as from not even bordering ones, on which the complete new residential areas were built and are still being built.
The Hague is the largest Dutch city on the North Sea in the Netherlands and forms the centre of a conurbation called Haaglanden. Westland and Wateringen lie to the south, RijswijkDelft and the Rotterdam conurbation called Stadsregio Rotterdam or Rijnmond to the southeast, Pijnacker-Nootdorp and Zoetermeer to the east, Leidschendam-VoorburgVoorschoten and the Leiden conurbation to the northeast and Wassenaar to the north. The conurbations Primo Incontro - Various - Progressive Italia Gli Anni 70 Vol.
1 - The Universal Music Collection The Hague and Rotterdam are close enough to be a single conurbation in some contexts. Consideration is being given to creating a Rotterdam-The Hague metropolitan area. This large conurbation centred on The Hague and Rotterdam is, in turn, part of the Randstad —specifically a band of municipalities called the South Wing Zuidvleugel.
The Randstad, which also includes among others Amsterdam and Utrechthas a population of 6, The Hague lies at the southwestern corner of one of the largest urban areas in Europe. The Hague is divided into eight official districts which are, in turn, divided into neighbourhoods. The wealthier areas like Statenkwartier, Belgisch ParkMarlot, Benoordenhout and Archipelbuurt are generally located in the northwestern part The Beautiful Girls Are Dead?
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This division is reflected in the local accent: The more affluent citizens are usually called "Hagenaars" and speak so-called bekakt Haags "posh"this contrasts with the Hagenezenwho speak plat Haags "vulgar" ; see Demographics below.
Because of its location on the coast, it experiences milder winters and cooler summers than more inland locations. It also gets more The Hague City - Novamen - The Hague City . City life concentrates around the Hofvijver and the Binnenhofwhere the States General of the Netherlands are located. Because of its history, the historical inner city of The Hague differs in various aspects from the nearby smaller cities of Leiden and Delft.
It does not have a cramped inner city, bordered by canals and walls. Instead, it has some small streets in the town centre that may be dated from the late Middle Ages and several spacious Mario - How Do I Breathe boasting large and luxurious 18th-century residences built for diplomats and affluent Dutch families. It has a large church dating from the 15th century, an impressive City Hall built as such from the 16th century, several large 17th-century palaces, a 17th-century Protestant church built in what was then a modern style, and many important 18th-century buildings.
The city is becoming more student friendly with the introduction of a new campus in of Leiden University as well as Leiden University College The Haguewhich was established in The city has many civil servants and diplomats . In fact, the number and variety of foreign residents especially the expatriates make the city quite culturally diverse, with many foreign pubsshops and cultural events. The Hague is the largest Dutch city on the North Sea and includes two distinct beach resorts.
The main beach resort Scheveningenin the northwestern part of the city is a popular destination for tourists as well as for inhabitants. With 10 million visitors a year, it is the most popular beach town in the Benelux area. Kijkduinin the south west, is The Hague's other beach resort. It is significantly smaller and attracts mainly local residents. Since the 19th century, high level civil servants from the Dutch East Indies often spent long term leave and vacation in The Hague.
Many streets are named after places in the Netherlands East Indies as well as other former Dutch colonies such as Suriname and there is a sizable " Indo " i. Since the loss of these Dutch possessions in December" Indo people " also known as "Indische people" often refer to The Hague as "the Widow of the Indies". The older parts of the town have many characteristically wide and long streets.
Houses are generally low-rise often not more than three floors. A large part of the south western city was planned by the progressive Dutch architect H. Berlage about This 'Plan Berlage' decided the spacious and homely streets for several decades. Afterwards, modernist architect W. Dudok planned its renewal, putting apartment blocks for the middle class in open park-like settings.
The layout of the city is more spacious than other Dutch cities and because of the incorporation of large and old nobility estates, the creation of various parks and the use of green zones around natural streams, it is a much more green city than any other in the Netherlands. That is, excepting some medieval close-knitted streets in the centre. The Hague has a canal system around the old city center, which is mainly used for boat tours around the city.
Most of the canals were drained in the late 19th century but many have been restored recently. Religions in The Hague . As of 1 JanuaryThe Hague countsinhabitants, making it the third largest city of the Netherlands. Between andthe city saw a considerable growth from 40, in toin and eventuallyin The growth following was partially caused by the housing act ofwhich stimulated the expansion of cities such as The Hague.
In the period between andThe Hague saw a shrinkage fromtoinhabitants, caused mostly by the spatial policy, demographic processes and lack of space. After several annexations and housing constructions, The Hague has since grown again, celebrating its ,th inhabitant in The municipality expects the growth to continue toinhabitants in The demonym of The Hague officially is Hagenaarbut the term Hagenees is informally used for someone who was born and raised in The Hague. Just under half of The Hague's population identifies with a religious group.
Indonesian, Turks, Moroccans and Surinamese people are particularly likely to adhere to a religion. Islam is the most common religion among Turks and, particularly, among Moroccans. Surinamese people are more religiously mixed, although Hinduism is the most common. Of The Hague's native Dutch population, almost all religious people belong to Christianity.
As of the municipal electionThe Intro - Various - A Taste Of Funny municipal council contains fifteen parties, most notably the local Group de Mos 9 seats The Hague City - Novamen - The Hague City , the VVD 7 seatsD66 6 seats and GroenLinks 5 seats.
Each alderman is responsible for a number of particular policy areas and one of the city's eight districts.
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