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In The Hague, leisure time is greatly valued and you’l. find a nearly overwhelming variety of sights and activities to fill your hours. Whether you prefer wandering through an art-filled museum, tracing the lines of the historical architecture of the city, or simply strolling along The Hague’s eight kilometer's of coastline, it’s difficult to run out of things to do in the beautiful Den Haag.
The Hague boasts over 25 museums, the collections of which range from historical art to public transportation artifacts. And, in most cases, the buildings housing the collections are worth a visit in themselves. Former palaces and castles, a prison and a Berlage-executed structure are just a few examples of the museum buildings found here.
The Hague has a well-preserved historic centre, thanks to the efforts of the city’s municipal government to save as many buildings and monuments as possible. There are currently more than 740 structures in The Hague which are protected as national monuments and more than 1300 protected as municipality monuments.
Both within the city limits of The Hague and in the surrounding environs, a number of engaging attractions are found, some of which are unique to the Netherlands. For example, Madurodam, a miniature city containing all of Holland’s major points of interest, is located right in The Hague. A short drive south brings you to Kinderdijk, where 19 windmills are still standing.
With a long history as a city of diplomacy, The Hague hosts 84 embassies and consulates. Likewise, the International Court of Justice, the UN Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Information Office of the European Commission, Europol the European Police Headquarters, have all made the city their residence. Currently, the world’s attention is focused on The Hague as the site of the UN Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia.
The City of The Hague has taken a leading role in the Telecites Network. This association in which over eighty major European cities have joined forces, aims to develop an telematic infrastructure throughout the continent. The target is to secure economic development and employment, prohibit social exclusion and stimulate social structures that improve the quality of life. The Telecites network, through its relations with European Union, is extremely effective in defining cross-European city projects and raising funds for the mentioned objectives.
One of the most important factors in determining the location for European, or worldwide operations is the ease of getting goods and people where you need them when you need them. With two international airports within less than one hour from The Hague, and two full service Rail stations in The Hague access to other European countries is easy, and quick.
The Hague has it's own seaport that can handle most shipping requirements, and if you need substantial shipping requirements the world’s largest sea port is located within forty minutes from The Hague.
The Hague has had an international character for centuries. Over 80 embassies reside in the city as well as UN-organizations like the International Court of Justice, OPCW, and the War Crimes Tribunal. European organizations such as Europol (police) and the Trade Mark Office have also chosen the Hague for their headquarters.
The city has a stable political structure, a sharp commercial awareness and a well educated working population that has multi lingual capabilities and experience in trade and industry to offer. Tax legislation is favorable, inflation is low and productivity is high. Thus the city of the Hague has a wide range of opportunities to chose from.