Moving to The Hague

Located in the west of the Netherlands and on the edge of the North Sea, The Hague is often referred to as the judicial capital of the world due to the many international courts in the city. It’s also the seat of the national government and the country’s third largest metropolis.

It’s also a major UN host city and home to more than 150 international organisations, as well as many EU institutions, multinational companies and embassies, all of which make it one of Europe’s most popular expats destinations and give it a distinctly international character. 

The Hague might not have edgy dynamism of the country’s capital Amsterdam, which lies some 37 miles (60km) to the northeast, and it has a reputation as a wealthy, conservative and sedate city. But that doesn’t mean it’s a dull place to live and it boasts plenty of green space, a beautiful coastline, attractive shopping streets and picturesque historical buildings.

It has seen a lot of development over recent years, with more and more modern buildings popping up, but it’s still a compact city and has a very efficient in public transport system that makes it easy to travel to local and international destinations. The Hague is also very pedestrian-friendly.

Expats with children needn’t worry about the quality of their education, as the city has several good international schools and universities. Not to mention, family-friendly entertainment opportunities abound in the form of museums, shopping streets, restaurants and other attractions.

Much like rest of the Netherlands, the city has a temperate climate and its coastal location means that winters are slightly milder than inland cities, while summers are sunny and warm.