The Hague is mainly residential. The economy of The Hague is based largely on government and administrative activities.
Integral parts of the surrounding metropolitan area include the famous beach resort of Scheveningen; Wassenaar, known for its tree-lined avenues and luxurious residences; and Rijswijk, Voorburg, and the new town of Zoetermeer. Population (1993 estimate) 444,661.
The city is the seat of government of the Netherlands (Amsterdam is the official capital).
The city also has a long-standing importance as an international diplomatic and judicial center with The Hague Tribunal, or Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Conference on international private law:hcch.net.
Law in the Netherlands - Koninklijke Bibliotheek: konbib.nl - Department: minbuza.nl(foreign affairs) - Benelux Merkenbureau :bmb-bbm.org - european-patent-office.org - Broederschap van notarissen - Nederlandse wetgeving - recht.nl - belastingdienst.nl
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Buildings of interest are:
- the Peace Palace, which today is the home of the International Court of Justice.
- the Netherlands Congress Center (1969).
The Hague originated as a hunting seat of the counts of Holland, but became the center of court life as early as in 1248 and again in 1815 with the establishment of the kingdom of the United Netherlands, which included present-day Belgium until 1830.
Major cities near The Hague: