Proud of who we are
The Hague is a unique city with many distinct areas such as Scheveningen. Its residents are proud of their identity, but they also tend to look beyond borders. There is a good reason why The Hague is the international city of peace and justice. It’s the city where people enjoy living while working towards a better world.
A lot will happen in the next few years to prepare The Hague for future generations. Homes are being built in the city centre and space is created for businesses and entrepreneurs. At the same time, the tranquil, green spots that are part of what makes the city so unique will be preserved.
The Hague is an attractive destination for visitors and international talent. With 11 kilometres of beach and dunes, The Hague is known as the Dutch city by the sea. Scheveningen is the most popular seaside resort in The Netherlands. The Hague is also the political centre of the country, with the Dutch Houses of Parliament located in the heart of the city. And while our football club may not always win, its players proudly wear the city’s green and yellow colours.
Innovations for a better world
The Hague is the international city of peace and justice. In pioneering startups and established companies, many people in the city are working on smart solutions for a better world. A perfect blend of doing business and doing something meaningful for others. In The Hague, ‘doing good and doing business’ go hand in hand.
The city is home to a large number of international organisations, both intergovernmental and non-governmental. Entrepreneurs and businesses therefore have ample opportunity to work together on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and new technologies increasingly play a role in this. Innovations are often put to good use within the city and are shared with others. For example, many breakthroughs in The Hague contribute to cybersecurity and systems that are improving sustainability and water management are being developed and tested in the North sea.
Entrepreneurship and doing business are literally at the heart of The Hague. The Hague outperforms all other large cities in the Nertherlands when it comes to bringing together companies, startup incubators, national government and international organisations. The Hague also offers top-quality office space. In the upcoming years, one of the most important city centre development projects in Dutch history for living, studying, working and doing business will be implemented in The Hague.
In The Hague the future belongs to the talented
You will encounter hundreds of different languages and talents in The Hague. The city’s locals work alongside expat colleagues from all over the world. Local and international students learn from each other in class. If you have a solid new idea, The Hague is the place for you. This is especially true if your ideas are innovative and contribute to making the world a better place. That is what The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, is all about.
The Hague encourages talented people to apply themselves and seize the opportunities presented to them by modern technology. Various renowned universities and colleges offer internationally acclaimed study programmes in the city. Working professionals can choose from a wide range of suitable short courses. There is also an extensive programme as well as designated multi-company buildings to help startups and scale-ups do business successfully. As a global city, The Hague is a great place for internationals to live and work. The Hague International Centre, the point of contact for the international staff of organisations and companies in the region, helps make expats feel at home.
Get together in The Hague
As the international city of peace and justice, The Hague strongly encourages international organisations, knowledge institutions, companies and startups to cooperate and work together on innovative solutions for a better world. With a keen knowledge-sharing culture, the city attracts events organisers and MICE participants from across the globe.
In addition to offering the very best venues, The Hague creates the perfect environment for everyone to get together and achieve results. The Hague has an impressive track record when it comes to organising all kinds of international conferences and meetings.
The city has hosted large-scale, multi-day conferences with world leaders that have required extensive security measures as well as multi-location events with complex logistics. Intimate locations in the historic city centre are particularly suitable for smaller meetings. The Hague truly is the perfect location for any event, small or large.
Centre for international organisations
The Hague has a long tradition of protecting the international rule of law and is known worldwide as the international city of peace and justice. Nowadays, the city is home to over 200 international organisations (intergovernmental as well as non-governmental).
They work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on preventing and resolving conflicts around the world, issues such as security, energy transition, and responsible use of digital technology. In The Hague, international organisations work towards creating a better world.
They do this by cooperating with social entrepreneurs, startups and companies working according to the principle of ‘doing good and doing business’. International organisations and their employees are guaranteed a warm welcome in The Hague and the city helps with finding suitable locations for their office. The Hague International Centre helps internationals relocating to The Hague by providing them with practical support. The city also offers a range of high quality services, education, healthcare facilities and cultural activities in English for the large number of internationals.
A story around every corner
There is always a story to tell about what is happening in The Hague. As the seat of the Dutch government, the city is in the news almost every day. Important decisions about the future of the Netherlands are made in The Hague. As the international city of peace and justice, The Hague is also important to the rest of the world. In the city, international organisations, knowledge institutions, startups and companies work together on innovative solutions for a better world, making full use of modern resources like artificial intelligence or other digital technologies. Complex issues are translated into concrete solutions that benefit people. These kinds of developments result in inspiring, touching stories.
But those aren’t the only kinds of stories the city can offer you. There are also stories about leisure and entertainment. Each year, millions of visitors flock to this unique seaside city. Some spend just one day, while others stay longer. Many of them are attracted by Scheveningen, the most popular seaside resort in the Netherlands. There are numerous other reasons why people visit The Hague. For example, they may be attracted by the wide range of cultural activities or the city’s royal character. Genuine stories told by real people creat impact. The city gladly connects journalists, members of the press and anyone who is looking to tell a special story about The Hague, to ‘experts’ of the city. Our toolkit of free-to-use photos, videos and other resources makes it surprisingly easy to tell an original story about The Hague.
Discover the city by the sea
Some places always remain dear to one’s heart. The Hague can be said to be one such place. The city of peace and justice. The city of the cosmopolitan and the beach. From new styles to old masters. From shops to palaces. From exotic cuisines to Dutch fishing harbours. From international jurisdiction to street savvy. The Hague will captivate you with its modern skyline combined with beautiful historical and royal buildings in the city centre. We invite you to discover The Hague as we know it: the ultimate destination.
WORKING ON A BETTER AND MORE JUST WORLD
The Hague has a long tradition of protecting the international rule of law and is known worldwide as the international city of peace and justice. The city is the proud host of numerous institutions that work towards achieving international justice, including the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the International Criminal Court.
The city’s special status as the world’s legal capital also attracts government leaders, knowledge institutions, non-profit organisations, businesses and students from all over the world. In The Hague, they have platforms to connect with similar minds, and develop new ideas and innovations that contribute to solving global legal challenges.
The Hague’s judicial organisations are also firmly committed to the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16; promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. In short, The Hague has a strong international ecosystem that works towards creating a better world and more just world.
All of this makes The Hague the hot spot for acquiring and exchanging knowledge and for joining valuable networks. The city looks forward to welcoming new organisations as well as their worthy contributions to this international hub of peace and justice.
Shelter city is a network and movement of 17 cities worldwide providing a safe space for human rights defenders.
As the International City of Peace and Justice, The Hague became the first Shelter City in the Netherlands in 2012. Shelter city is a network and movement of 17 cities worldwide providing a safe space for human rights defenders.