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 owing to the many international courts in the city. It’s the seat of the national government and the country’s third-largest metropolis. The Hague is 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 expat destinations and give it a distinctly international character.
The Hague, arguably, might not have edgy dynamism of the country’s capital, Amsterdam, which lies a short distance 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. On the contrary, it boasts plenty of green space, a beautiful coastline, attractive shopping streets and picturesque historical buildings.
There's something to suit everyone's lifestyle, from adrenaline junkies who are into kitesurfing to families with kids who enjoy forest walks and picnics. And the climate, much like the rest of the Netherlands, is temperate with its coastal location meaning that winters are slightly milder than inland cities, while summers are sunny and warm.
It has seen a lot of development over recent years, with more and more modern buildings popping up, but The Hague is still a compact city and has an efficient public transport system. 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 the family-friendly entertainment opportunities such as fantastic museums, shopping streets, restaurants and other attractions.
The Hague draws expats from all over the world, and once a new arrival has secured their accommodation, they will be able to roam the city at ease, stumbling on all sorts of hidden treasures and trendy cafes to pass their time in.
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