The Hague

The Hague

Den Haag

's-Gravenhage
Den Haag Scheveningen Kurhaus 02.jpg
Den Haag Binnenhof Mauritshuis 1.jpg
Den Haag Binnenhof Hofvijver 1.jpg
Den Haag - panoramio (261).jpg
Noordeinde Palace.jpg
From top down, left to right: the Kurhaus, the Mauritshuis, Hofvijver near the Binnenhof, the Peace Palace and Noordeinde Palace
Flag of The Hague
Flag
Coat of arms of The Hague
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 
Residentie (Residence), Hofstad (Court city), Stad achter de duinen (City behind the dunes)
Motto(s): 
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°5′N 4°19′E / 52.083; 4.317South Holland
City HallThe Hague City Hall
Boroughs
Government
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorPauline Krikke (VVD)
 • Aldermen
Area
 • Municipality98.12 km2 (37.88 sq mi)
 • Land81.88 km2 (31.61 sq mi)
 • Water16.24 km2 (6.27 sq mi)
 • Randstad3,043 km2 (1,175 sq mi)
Elevation1 m (3 ft)
Population
(Municipality, August 2017; Urban and Metro, May 2014; Randstad, 2011)[4][6][7]
 • Municipality527,748
 • Density6,445/km2 (16,690/sq mi)
 • Urban
657,894
 • Metro
1,054,793
 • Metropolitan region
2,261,844
 • Randstad
6,979,500
Demonym(s)Hagenaar or Hagenees
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
2490–2599
www.denhaag.nl

The Hague (ɡ/; Dutch: Den Haag, pronounced [dɛn ˈɦaːx] (About this soundlisten), or 's-⁠Gravenhage [ˌsxraːvə(n)ˈɦaːɣə] (About this soundlisten)), also The Haige[8], is a city on the western coast of the Netherlands and the capital of the province of South Holland. It is also the seat of government of the Netherlands.

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 area, with a population of approximately 2.7 million, is the 13th-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 Cabinet, the States General, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State of the Netherlands, but the city is not the constitutional capital of the Netherlands, which is Amsterdam.[9] King Willem-Alexander lives in Huis ten Bosch[10][a] and works at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, together with Queen Máxima. The Hague is also home to the world headquarters of Royal Dutch Shell and other Dutch companies.

Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands and 150[citation needed] 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 a United Nations institution along with New York City, Geneva, Vienna, Rome and Nairobi. Due to these reasons, The Hague is largely known as the home of international law and arbitration.

Etymology

The Hague was first mentioned as Die Haghe in 1242.[11] In the 15th century, the name des Graven hage came into use, literally "The Count's Wood", with connotations like "The Count's Hedge, Private Enclosure or Hunting Grounds". "Gravenhage" was officially used for the city from the 17th century onward. 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.[12]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Den Haag
አማርኛ: ደን ሃግ
العربية: لاهاي
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܕܢ ܗܐܟ
arpetan: L’Hage
asturianu: L'Haya
azərbaycanca: Haaqa
বাংলা: হেগ
Bân-lâm-gú: Den Haag
беларуская: Гаага
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Гаага
български: Хага
bosanski: Den Haag
brezhoneg: Den Haag
català: La Haia
Чӑвашла: Гаага
čeština: Haag
Cymraeg: Den Haag
dansk: Haag
Deutsch: Den Haag
eesti: Haag
Ελληνικά: Χάγη
emiliàn e rumagnòl: L'Aja
español: La Haya
Esperanto: Hago
estremeñu: L'Aya
euskara: Haga
فارسی: لاهه
Fiji Hindi: The Hague
français: La Haye
Frysk: De Haach
Gaeilge: An Háig
Gàidhlig: Den Haag
galego: A Haia
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Den Haag
한국어: 헤이그
հայերեն: Հաագա
हिन्दी: हेग
hrvatski: Hag
Bahasa Indonesia: Den Haag
Interlingue: Den Haag
Ирон: Гаагæ
íslenska: Haag
italiano: L'Aia
עברית: האג
Basa Jawa: Den Haag
ქართული: ჰააგა
kaszëbsczi: Haga
қазақша: Гаага
Kiswahili: Den Haag
Kreyòl ayisyen: Layè
Кыргызча: Гаага
Latina: Haga
latviešu: Hāga
Lëtzebuergesch: Den Haag
lietuvių: Haga
Ligure: L'Aja
Limburgs: D'n Haag
Lingua Franca Nova: Den Haag
lumbaart: L'Aja
magyar: Hága
македонски: Хаг
മലയാളം: ഹേഗ്
मराठी: हेग
مصرى: دينهاخ
Bahasa Melayu: Den Haag
монгол: Гааг хот
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ဟိတ်မြို့တော်
Nederlands: Den Haag
Nedersaksies: N Heeg
нохчийн: Гаага
norsk: Haag
norsk nynorsk: Haag
occitan: L'Aia
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Gaaga
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਹੇਗ
پنجابی: ہیگ
Papiamentu: Den Haag
پښتو: دِن هاخ
Piemontèis: L'Aja
Plattdüütsch: Den Haag
polski: Haga
português: Haia
română: Haga
Runa Simi: Den Haag
русский: Гаага
Scots: The Hague
Seeltersk: Den Haag
shqip: Haga
sicilianu: L'Aia
Simple English: The Hague
slovenčina: Haag
slovenščina: Haag
ślůnski: Den Haag
Soomaaliga: Den Haag
Sranantongo: Aga
српски / srpski: Хаг
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Hag
Basa Sunda: Dén Haag
suomi: Haag
svenska: Haag
Tagalog: The Hague
தமிழ்: டென் ஹாக்
татарча/tatarça: Haaga
тоҷикӣ: Гаага
Türkçe: Lahey
українська: Гаага
اردو: ہیگ
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: لاھەي
vèneto: L'Aia
vepsän kel’: Hag
Tiếng Việt: Den Haag
Volapük: 's-Gravenhage
West-Vlams: Den Haag
Winaray: An Haga
吴语: 海牙
ייִדיש: דען האג
粵語: 海牙
Zeêuws: Den Haeg
中文: 海牙