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10. International organisations

In The Hague, tens of thousands of people are working every day to build a more peaceful and just world. People come to The Hague from every corner of the globe to work together to tackle global challenges. With the Peace Palace at the centre of it all, The Hague is truly the international city of peace and justice.

With its unique characteristics, the city attracts an ever growing number of international organisations, knowledge institutions and NGOs. They make a deliberate choice to come to The Hague because it’s a place where you can exert influence, expand your network, and make a difference in the world.

The International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, Eurojust, Europol and the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) are all based in The Hague. And you’ll find more than 170 NGOs here, such as Unicef and Oxfam Novib, as well as the Dutch government and nearly all the foreign embassies. Leading knowledge institutions such as The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Clingendael (Netherlands Institute of International Relations) and the International Institute of Social Studies draw professionals to the city from all around the world. And with the international campuses of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam, the city attracts a steady stream of highly educated talent.

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. A meeting at the International Court of Justice, a discussion with a diplomat, a seminar during an international conference at the World Forum – in The Hague, everything is nearby.

With its excellent accessibility by air, rail and road, the world is close at hand when you’re in The Hague. The lively international community makes the city even more attractive. Internationals living in The Hague appreciate the ease with which they can get involved in local organisations and enjoy the city’s international restaurants and the outstanding cultural offerings. Not to mention the beach, of course. The eleven-kilometre long beach is very near the historic city centre. Hop on a bike and within fifteen minutes you’ll be breathing in the fresh sea air. The Hague sets your mind free.

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