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The Hague

The Hague
Full nameThe Hague
Official name 
Native name 
Settlement typeCity and municipality
ProvinceSouth Holland
Total Area37.9 sq mi (98.20 km2)
Land Area31.9 sq mi (82.66 km2)
Water Area6 sq mi (15.54 km2)
Total Population500000 (1 September 2011)
Density (pop.)5894/km2 (15265.5/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)1022256
Metro (pop.)1406000
DemonymHagenaar or Hagenees
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)

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The Hague (with a capital T; Dutch: Den Haag, -nldɛnˈɦaˑχ, officially s-Gravenhage, -nlˈsχraˑvə(n)ˌɦaˑɣə) is the capital city of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. With a population of 500,000 inhabitants (as of 1 September 2011), it is the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. 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 Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State, but the city is not the capital of the Netherlands which constitutionally is Amsterdam. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands lives at Huis ten Bosch and works at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. All foreign embassies in the Netherlands and 150 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 the United Nations, along with New York and Geneva.

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