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05. Businesses


In The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, tens of thousands of people are working every day to tackle complex global challenges. It is a city that is cosmopolitan yet compact. Just about everything in the city is just a stone’s throw away from everything else – government agencies, commercial enterprises, knowledge institutions and international organisations. So connections are easily made; it’s a place where you can readily expand your network and exert influence. At the national level or the international level. Which is why multinationals like Shell, Siemens, Huawei and the NN Group find a welcoming business climate in The Hague.

Economic sectors such as Energy, Finance & Legal, IT & Mobile, and Security are well-represented in The Hague. The city is also the seat of the Dutch government – a place where important decisions affecting the future of the country are taken every day. With knowledge institutions such as The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam, there’s a steady stream of highly educated talent to the city.

What especially distinguishes The Hague is the excellent cooperation that exists between business, government, and knowledge institutions, as well as within the sectors. That cooperation brings with it new knowledge and the development of innovative products. That’s what is happening, for example, in The Hague Security Delta, the largest security cluster in Europe. More than 13,000 people work there in some 400 organisations to improve cyber security around the world.

The Hague is a great place to live and a great place to work: its open character and its lively international community with tens of thousands of people from all around the globe make it especially attractive. Large and small companies, from innovative start-ups to multinationals, feel at home. You’ll see that, for example, in the Beatrixkwartier, the second most important business district in the entire country. Easily accessible, close to the historic centre, and just a stone’s throw away from the eleven-kilometre long sandy beach.

In addition, with its good accessibility and infrastructure, unique status as international city of peace and justice, and international allure, The Hague attracts more and more important international conferences, including the Nuclear Security Summit in 2014, the Global Conference on Cyber Space in 2015, and One Young World, which will be held in 2018.

Welcome to The Hague, the place to work together on the innovations and international issues shaping the future!

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