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01. Welcome to The Hague

Leading Businesses and institutions


The Hague is a compact city with a pleasant, open character. Government, business and knowledge institutions are literally within a stone’s throw of each other. So connections are easily made. Many leading organisations consciously choose to locate in The Hague because it’s a place where you can exert influence, expand your network, enter into unique partnerships and make a difference in the world.

As the seat of government of the Netherlands, The Hague is the place to be to have an influence on national policy. But the city also has an important role to play at the international level. The International Court of Justice, The International Criminal Court, Eurojust, Europol and the OPCW are all based in The Hague. And you’ll find more than 130 NGOs here, such as Unicef and Oxfam Novib, as well as nearly all the foreign embassies.

Internationally renowned knowledge institutions such as TNO, the International Institute of Social Studies and the Netherlands Forensic Institute are located in The Hague. And with The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the universities of Leiden, Delft, and Rotterdam, there’s a constant supply of highly educated talent in the city.

In addition to the non-profit sector, a number of other economic sectors are well represented in The Hague including Energy, Finance & Legal, and ICT & Telecom. The Hague is home to the head offices of multinationals such as Shell, Total, Siemens, Huawei, KPN, T-Mobile, Aegon, ING and Nationale Nederlanden.

Cooperation within and between the sectors leads to new knowledge and innovative products. One notable example is The Hague Security Delta, the largest security cluster in Europe. More than 13,000 people are working together in this cluster in some 400 organisations to improve cyber security around the world.

And of course, The Hague has a reputation far and wide for renowned cultural institutions including the Nederlands Dans Theater, the Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum), and Mauritshuis. They’ve brought richly deserved attention to The Hague with impressive programmes and exhibitions.

Since its very beginnings, The Hague has been an open city. And with all these links between the leading companies, unique knowledge institutions, cultural organisations and government, you can routinely benefit from truly extraordinary opportunities in The Hague, like a conversation with a government minister, a meeting at the International Court of Justice, a lecture at Shell, a seminar in the Municipal Museum or an exchange of ideas with a researcher at the Netherlands Forensic Institute. In The Hague, everything is nearby.

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