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» » » » » Den Haag ( The Hague ). A voyage to Den Haag, The Netherlands, Europe.



The Netherlands’ third-largest city, Den Haag, is a stately, regal place filled with embassies and mansions, green boulevards and parks, a refined culinary scene, a clutch of fine museums and a sybaritic cafe culture. Conversely, its seaside suburb of Scheveningen has a loud and lively kitsch and a long stretch of beach.
Officially known as ’s-Gravenhage (the Count’s Hedge), Den Haag is the Dutch seat of government and home to the royal family. Prior to 1806, Den Haag was the Dutch capital. However, that year, Louis Bonaparte installed his government in Amsterdam.
 Eight years later, when the French had been ousted, the government returned to Den Haag, but the title of capital remained with Amsterdam.
In the 20th century Den Haag became the home of several international legal entities, including the UN’s International Court of Justice, which regularly holds trials that put Den Haag in the headlines. This is also where foreign embassies in the Netherlands are based, giving the city a significant international community of expats.

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