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Moving to The Hague

The Hague is a major political center of the Netherlands and the EU and a move there can open up great prospects in international law. Before moving to The Hague, the Netherlands’ largest city, get informed! Our guide on moving to The Hague has all the details on visas, transportation, and more.
Storks used to nest on the rooftops around the Binnenhof and Groenmarkt.

The Hague is not just another Dutch city in Zuid-Holland (South Holland). Instead, moving to The Hague will take you to the political center of the Netherlands and the EU. The city is home to numerous international organizations such as Europol or the International Court of Justice.

Although Amsterdam is the official capital of the Netherlands, The Hague is still the seat of government and home to the royal family. When you are moving to The Hague, you will be charmed by the city's historical atmosphere. It also benefits from excellent transportation connections to other Dutch cities as well as its close proximity to the beautiful seaside.

The Hague and Its Districts

The city is also the capital of a greater region called Haaglanden, located on the west coast of the Netherlands. The region consists of different cities, including Delft, Wassenaar, and the agglomerations Leiden and the Bollenstreek. All these cities and towns are located in close proximity to The Hague, which allows expats moving to The Hague to commute if necessary.

You can choose between 9 districts when you are moving to the city:

  • Centrum
  • Escamp
  • Haagse Hout
  • Laak
  • Leidschenveen-Ypenburg
  • Loosduinen
  • Scheveningen
  • Segbroek

Facts and Figures

Expats in The Hague have settled down in the Netherlands’ third largest city, adding to its about 515,000 inhabitants. The Hague has been described as “the legal capital of the world” by former UN general Boutros Boutros-Ghali. This is due to the international organizations and businesses with offices and headquarters here.

All in all, there are about 160 international organizations in The Hague dealing with judicial or political issues. In addition, there are about 316 international businesses which are responsible for around 49,000 jobs. Many expatriates and foreign employees moving to The Hague find work with one of these organizations, which account for a significant share of the city’s overall employment.

Historical Background

When you move to The Hague you may hear locals and visitors refer to the city as “s-Gravenhage”, which means “The Count’s Hedge”. This name goes back to the Counts of Holland, who enjoyed hunting in the area’s vast forests. They then began to settle in the area which soon was to become The Hague and built the Binnenhof.

These days, The Hague is not only the seat of the Dutch government — it is also home to the royal family. It was the capital of the Netherlands until 1806 when Louis Bonaparte decided to make Amsterdam the capital. This title remains with Amsterdam until today. However, after the French left the Netherlands, the government was once again transferred to The Hague.


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