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[–]Swedengloberider 159 points160 points  (0 children)

Fun fact: The Binnenhof is the oldest House of Parliament in the world still in use.
To the left of it you can see Mauritshuis, an art gallery that houses, among other famous works, Vermeers Girl with a pearl earring.

[–]warpus 523 points524 points  (62 children)

Kind of weird to have a seat of government in the middle of a fountain, but whatever floats your boat

[–]Curiosityhurts 984 points985 points  (13 children)

It's done like that so that politicians who are set on fire can extinguish themselves quickly.

[–]GermanybNMJA3mqMjr3hEbd 301 points302 points  (7 children)

It's also a no-go zone, because you have to swim.

[–]SjettepetJR 113 points114 points  (5 children)

Fuck that. Flevoland use to be a no-go zone aswell. We taught that one a lesson!

[–]PrimalJay 83 points84 points  (4 children)

A part of Flevoland still has no-go zones. They are called Lelystad and Almere.

[–]European Unionremyspam 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Those are no-want-to-live-there zones. Close, but not exactly the same.

[–]Not_that_helpfull 19 points20 points  (1 child)

And Urk.

[–]Republiek der 17 verenigde NederlandenGrofgeschut 37 points38 points  (0 children)

It's been getting better since they're accessible by roads and have access to women who're not their sister, niece or cousin.

[–]AWildBugHasAppeared 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For those who don't get the joke, those places are safe enough, they're just more like "why would you even bother to go there"-zones.

[–]Thatoneguy3273 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I knew it! I knew they existed!

[–]Romaniabobama123 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Very clever!

[–]Phonyphones 14 points15 points  (0 children)

You win

[–]KalleP18 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ohh this was so smart i had to log into reddit at work to upvote it! Well done sir!

[–]Mr_Mjark 5 points6 points  (0 children)

m e t a

[–]VenezuelaArawakFC 35 points36 points  (0 children)

That was specifically done many moons ago as a means of defense against invading armies.

[–]Norwayflodnak 52 points53 points  (35 children)

Also kind of weird to have your constitution declare that your capital is one city when every single function one associates with a capital is in a different city... but what the heck, we all kind of like the funny little flatlanders anyway.

[–]The European flag is phallic as seen from above.alaplaceducalife 61 points62 points  (24 children)

The constitution does not declare Amsterdam as capital—it only observers it. There is no real article on it and only since 1983 does the constitution subtly reference Amsterdam as the capital in the article on how the King shall be coronated in Amsterdam the capital.

The government at no point actually declared that Amsterdam was the capital but just observed it—the people called it the capital for a long time with no official sanction of the government simply because it was the biggest city. Amsterdam—fun fact—is not the capital of its province which has always declared its own official capital in Haarlem.

The Hague was the seat of the government from before Amsterdam became bigger and more commercially important. The reason it became the unofficial de facto capital is because the Dutch government up till 1983 has refused to officially acknowledge any city as the capital.

Also, Finland has military slavery.

[–]The Netherlandsflobin 9 points10 points  (10 children)

Pretty sure there was never a time in which Amsterdam was smaller or less important than The Hague though.

[–]The European flag is phallic as seen from above.alaplaceducalife 6 points7 points  (7 children)

So like I decided at one point 5 hours back to ask the first Dutch person encountered anywhere if s/he's heard about or watched "hehobros"—have you?

[–]The Netherlandsflobin 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Sorry, can’t say that I have.

[–]ScotlandCiderDrinker 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I'm not sure what the difference is, if any, between the constitution referencing Amsterdam as the capital and declaring it to be the capital. Both seem to have the same effect - which is that, as a matter of constitutional law, Amsterdam is officially recognised as the capital.

[–]The European flag is phallic as seen from above.alaplaceducalife 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's like the difference between a descriptive and prescriptive dictionary.

The constitution merely observes in this case that most citizens recognized the capital as Amsterdam.

Basically one assumes that if say Utrecht became bigger and in 200 years most citizens would start to refer to Utrecht as the capital the constitution would follow suit and remove that part.

It's also mentioned in passing in a section that has nothing to do with capitals; it's in a section that describes the coronation procedure that in passing mentions that the coronation shall happen "In Amsterdam, as the capital"

One might in fact construe that passage as not declaring Amsterdam as the capital at all but declaring that the coronation will happen in the capital which happens to be Amsterdam right now and that if Utrecht were to organically become the capital over just being bigger that the coronation would be moved to Utrecht.

[–]Groningen (Netherlands)Gilbereth 38 points39 points  (8 children)

we all kind of like the funny little flatlanders anyway.

little flatlanders

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_average_human_height_worldwide (Look for the greened ones, they are representative values, and tell me who are the tallest)

Norway is a close second though, funny little mountainlanders!

[–]Republiek der 17 verenigde NederlandenGrofgeschut 5 points6 points  (6 children)

180,8 seems rather low, I always thought 186 was average male height.

Of course there's an age difference, and I come from Friesland who're on their turn the tallest of the Dutch.

I'm 1,85m myself and would say that's either average or slightly below. I had a guy at school who was 2,13m, now that was an unnatural sight. Keeping in mind the doctors even gave him medicines to stop the growth, he might have actually grown even taller without intervention (though also have died younger).

But it seems the tallest Dutch male at the moment is 2,23m, the tallest female 2,03m.

[–]Groningen (Netherlands)Gilbereth 7 points8 points  (4 children)

It’s rather short, but it’s a national average. They’re shorter on average in cities and in the south, so that weighs in as well.

I’m 1.93m myself and I see myself as being average/slightly above average. But there are plenty of people around that are taller than me. A friend of mine reaches above 2m as well, I think.

[–]Republiek der 17 verenigde NederlandenGrofgeschut 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Yes it's mostly down to Friesland and Groningen that we're on average the tallest.

In Limburg for example, males are on average 2cm's shorter, and females 2,3cm's. I wager anything in between will go up (or down depending on your perspective) until you reach Friesland and rebellious Friesland.

With the big cities (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague) being the smallest people I guess due to a lot of immigrants.

[–]The NetherlandsNachtraaf 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It even reverberates back into their stunted dialect down in Limburg!

[–]Republiek der 17 verenigde NederlandenGrofgeschut 5 points6 points  (1 child)

They don't have sufficient lung capacity to pronounce the G the proper way.

[–]Utrecht (Netherlands)trecht 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Gotta know where you came from

[–]Ranita235 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You are aware that Netherlands is full of canals? The center of The Hague is absolutely beautiful.

[–]AustriaFustios 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So that's what he meant with "no-go zone"

[–]HumblesReaper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never tried it but a fountain would probably float a boat quite well

[–]Bunt_smuggler 332 points333 points  (85 children)

I think its cool to see the mix of old and new architecture Europe has to offer, this demonstrates it perfectly.

[–]European UnionRc72 61 points62 points  (7 children)

Well, part of the reason for this mixture is that the Wehrmacht decided to launch V-2s from The Hague's central park, the "Haagse Bos", leading to some drastic "urban renewal" by the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command in 1944.

[–]m0ffy 32 points33 points  (6 children)

It looks an awful lot better than Coventry's urban renewal. The Luftwaffe may have done some light remodeling, but the city planners saw fit to finish the job.

(Please don't kill me, I love the ring road)

[–]The NetherlandsJelly_D 4 points5 points  (4 children)

He's saying the luftwaffe wasn't doing the remoddeling. "Only" decided it was a good place to launch the V2. It's the British that bombed the shit out of it.

[–]Germanyfirala 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Let's all just agree that bombing cities is shit.

[–]Germanyfirala 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same the other way around. You want to see a sad sample of rebuilding? Pforzheim in South Germany, once known as the gold city.

[–]Amahula 30 points31 points  (12 children)

You're gonna love Tilburg...

[–]SpainHulkHunter 23 points24 points  (2 children)

As a metal-headbanger, the O13 arena in Tilburg is the most amazing building I've ever been. It's insane the amount and quality of rock bands for a ridiculous ticket price.

[–]Dragneel 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Not only rock! I saw Chance the Rapper last year for 20 bucks in 013!

[–]The Netherlands, EUThrustyMcStab 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I live there but Tilburg has very little character imo. Might have something to do with being born and raised in Breda, though.

(For those who don't know, Breda and Tilburg's football clubs have a long history of rivalry.)

[–]gwagadoeboe 2 points3 points  (1 child)

As an rkc supporter(we still exist!), i completely understand you, We simply lack the history for it to count in other peoples eyes. Tho no provincial rivalry beats fc den bosch vs fc oss. That shit is just beyond comprehension.

Gl in the next half of competition, Hope you guys manage to stay up.

[–]rickschipper 12 points13 points  (4 children)

You gonna love Rotterdam even more!

[–]Overijssel (Netherlands)Het_Bestemmingsplan 64 points65 points  (3 children)

This might be the first time anyone has ever used that sentence

[–]rickschipper 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Dat zal best 😂 maar je snapt wat ik bedoel👍🏻

[–]ArgonV 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ja toch, niet dan?

[–]unfirednavaronegun 84 points85 points  (62 children)

A massive role is played by the fact, that this new architecture is far in the background, that is - it's in the only perspective where it looks good.

[–]AustriaSchlawiner_ 101 points102 points  (59 children)

I actually never got why people always say that Den Haag looks ugly. The modern buildings and the skyscrapers look awesome in my taste. I must admit that I've never been there but on photos an on Street View it looks really cool.

[–]South Holland (Netherlands)jasperzieboon 88 points89 points  (33 children)

It also looks good in person.

[–]AustriaSchlawiner_ 20 points21 points  (32 children)

Then why the hate on the city from some/many people? Are European towns not allowed to have modern architecture?

[–]IrelandDippofix 27 points28 points  (20 children)

I've been there only once, and liked it. The city centre is really nice and you can just go in to parliament and take a look if you fancy, super cool. But my mum has been there a few times for work and says that it's just a pretty boring city with not much going on, so maybe it comes from there. It's probably also got something to do with being surrounded by great cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Leiden. Hell, even Rotterdam is meant to be fun. So it's probably more a case that it suffers in comparison rather than being an actually shitty city.

[–]Pownur 12 points13 points  (9 children)

As a dutch person, Den haag is one of my favorite cities, Utrecht is a close second with Groningen, but Amsterdam is such a fucking horrible city, I detest it. (Mostly just for tourists, not actually very interesting)

[–]AmsterdamGroteStruisvogel 20 points21 points  (8 children)

What makes Amsterdam so horrible?

I'm from the East Side and it's great! A bit chaotic but I love it. I seriously don't get why people hate it. To me it seems like some anti-Amsterdam bandwagon everybody is getting on..

[–]The Netherlandscrapmasta2000 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Seems to be mostly a bandwagon made out of bitterness. Amsterdam is an interesting and cool looking city, and so are many other Dutch cities, but the former gets most of the attention in world (social) media which makes some Dutch people seriously butthurt. It's not exactly out of the ordinary, capital city hate bandwagoning is common in many countries, doesn't make it any less stupid and pitiful though.

I'm also interested what you mean when you say it's a horrible city, /u/Pownur. And what do you mean with "mostly just for tourists"? Because there are 850k people living there too, you know, and when you ask them they like it there, despite it being "horrible".

[–]Zezion 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I would say that's it's overrated. Most of Amsterdam is just like any other big city in the Netherlands, but people talk about it being the best city in the world even though the city centre is a tourist trap and really shitty to be fair.

If you talk to people from Amsterdam they always say that, just like other cities, you have to know where it's actually cool( like oud-zuid and we pijp), but then I don't get why Amsterdam is such a great and awesome city, even though it's not that different.

That kind of arrogance is way most Dutch people detest Amsterdam. It's not that special and the city centre sucks.

[–]The Netherlands102849 3 points4 points  (2 children)

In my experience it's mostly because so many people from Amsterdam act like it's the center of the universe and that nothing else in the Netherlands is relevant. That arrogance, while the city itself is becoming unliveable, is why many people dislike Amsterdam and it's people.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I lived there. The canals were all filled up and asphalted over. In the winter, this looks ugly. I like canals. This is just photography of the best bit of the city. The metropolitan area is huge.

[–]The Netherlandsflobin 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Most of the hate (although that is a big word) I think is not about the buildings. It's more that people say The Hague is boring.

[–]ScotlandCiderDrinker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I find it quite nice. Boring and quiet, yes - but in a pleasant and civilised way.

[–]United Kingdomspecofdust 14 points15 points  (3 children)

A lot of Europeans seem to really dislike modern architecture and skyscrapers.

As someone who has been to London many a time, I totally disagree. Massive mix of ultra-modern skyscrapers and other buildings next to 200 year old 4-5 story beauties. Works excellently so long as some care and attention is used.

[–]njodrodinsson 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It works in London, but the modern architecture we get in Germany is mostly awful. Just the same grey, heartless concrete blocks.

[–]prattsbottom 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I personally love the mix of old and new that London has and I'm a big fan of Rotterdam, which is very modern (although I was only there for about half a day)

[–]blubzy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Apart from a few.places, I personally find the Hague very ugly. When I compare it to other Dutch cities it just isn't as pretty.

[–]kencole54321 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Modern buildings are everywhere and all the same. Den Haag buildings are almost exclusive to Europe.

[–]The European flag is phallic as seen from above.alaplaceducalife 2 points3 points  (15 children)

What's up with people using the autotoponym of The Hague in particular so often?

Like this in particular seems to be the one place I often encounter people use the autotoponym for rather than the English one.

[–]AustriaSchlawiner_ 1 point2 points  (13 children)

I wrote it like this for two reasons:

1) The city is called like this in the Netherlands, so I use it too (same with Nice and Nizza)

2) It's how it is called in German too

[–]The European flag is phallic as seen from above.alaplaceducalife 6 points7 points  (12 children)

So how do you use it in the nominative case in German?

Also on German Wikipedia:

Den Haag ist offiziell keine Stadt, da es im Mittelalter nie Stadtstatus erhalten hat, und im 19. Jahrhundert wurde die Unterscheidung in Dorf oder Stadt verwaltungstechnisch gegenstandslos.

This is actually a popular myth commonly repeated—The Hague is absolutely a stad and has received stad rights. It got the rights at an exceptionally late time when they were rarely given any more and had no real official rights associated with them any more and it was more of a ceremonial thing given under French rule but The Hague absolutely got stad rights in 1806.

[–]The NetherlandsIIoWoII 1 point2 points  (11 children)

AFAIK "stad" is currently not a legal definition anymore anyway. So "oficially" nothing is a "stad" in The Netherlands.

[–]The European flag is phallic as seen from above.alaplaceducalife 2 points3 points  (9 children)

In de Nederlandse wetgeving komt de term 'stad' niet voor; de Nederlandse wet kent sinds 1848 slechts de begrippen gemeente en bebouwde kom. Vóór de negentiende eeuw was een stad een plaats die stadsrechten had gekregen. In de Bataafse Republiek werd het onderscheid opgeheven en werd de municipaliteit ingesteld. Koning Lodewijk Napoleon herstelde de stadstitel, zonder daaraan speciale rechten te verbinden. Den Haag, dat nooit stadsrechten had gekregen, werd zo in naam alsnog een stad. Koning Willem I nam dit over in het Koninklijk Besluit van 30 mei 1825, dat in België na de afscheiding van kracht bleef. Vooral na 1977 werd daar een aantal gegroeide plaatsen tot stad verheven.

Hmm, you seem to be right.

So, what now? Are you going to punish me because I was wrong?

[–]The NetherlandsIIoWoII 1 point2 points  (8 children)

I was not disagreeing, I was adding information.

[–]The European flag is phallic as seen from above.alaplaceducalife 2 points3 points  (7 children)

You prove me wrong yet again.

And yet you don't want to punish me.

[–]Amsterdamvisvis 67 points68 points  (7 children)

Fun fact: one of the buildings in the picture is popularly known as "the tits of The Hague".

[–]LuciusButton 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Another fun fact: one of the other buildings in the picture is popularly known as "the dildo of The Hague". Can you guess which it is?

[–]Amsterdamvisvis 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Never heard that one. I think I know which building you're referring to and, if so, it might as well be the butt plug of The Hague.

[–]LuciusButton 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The more common name is the "juicer" (citruspers). Maybe you heard of that one :)

[–]British ExpatGeeJo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A larger cousin to the much more well-known Butt Plug of Rotterdam.

[–]cybercrypto 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Another fun fact: one of those buildings has a top which should resemble a fountain pen. It's the building of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

[–]slashcleverusername 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Would you accept “Hague tits?”

It just sounds fun to say. “Look! Hague tits!”

[–]Spineless74 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Haagsche tietuuuuuuh!

[–]PM_me_fruitloops 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Oh, I see someone photoshopped all the fires out.

[–]Overijssel (Netherlands)ianwitten 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Surprised they managed to smuggle a camera into a NO-GO zone

[–]The NetherlandsEquinoxidor 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yea but they burned the politician holding it shortly after

[–]TortugaJack 48 points49 points  (18 children)

I had trouble understanding this is a real city because of the ”The”.

[–]penguinv 24 points25 points  (9 children)

It is There is a real country called The Netherlands.

[–]gromwell_grouse 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Koninkrijk der Nederlanden

[–]Amsterdamvisvis 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a state (sovereign entity in international law), which contains four autonomous countries (The Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten). The country of the Netherlands consists of the European territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as well as the islands Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.

[–]The NetherlandsTaalnatie 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Lower case t, though.

[–]The NetherlandsUsaneazed 51 points52 points  (4 children)

Lol, the article comes from the Dutch name for The Hague (Den Haag) which also happens to have another name, that would be 's-Gravenhage, or the counts hedge.

The more you know

[–]NetherlandsMrAronymous 54 points55 points  (2 children)

Den Haag ('the hedge') is older than 's-Gravenhage (des graven hage; 'hedge of the count') though, eventhough the latter sounds fancier.

The name is easily explained by the fact that the Count of Holland built a castle here. It was 'in the middle of nowhere'; at least not in a city, which came with its politics and defense issues. It had a garden and a moat around it. Later it expanded with buildings and developed to what we still call the Binnenhof (inner court), the current collection of government buildings.

The city grew around the Binnenhof. That also explains why the city is so different from other Dutch cities. They didn't have a city wall, as it grew from a settlement next to the castle into a large village. Later the town grew and merged with other villages. That's why it still feels like a collection of villages instead of a city that grew from a city centre.

P.S. I hereby declare all languages ommiting the article to be stupid.

[–]Under waterCreator13 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Meh, if you don't count the truly different communes (like Rijswijk) or the modern suburban districts (like Ypenburg) then all of The Hague does feel pretty equal.

[–]The Netherlandscrackanape 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Los Angeles? Las Vegas? The Vatican?

[–]Basque CountryDGrazzz 84 points85 points  (18 children)

I was in Amsterdam this Summer and we had a day "free" that my dad had planned to see any other city in the Nederlands, I told my dad I wanted to visit The Hague but he thought otherwise and we ended up visiting Delft.

Thanks for showing me what we lost, I wished we had another day free (I loved Delft) but now I want to go back.

[–]South Holland (Netherlands)CriticalSpirit[S] 153 points154 points  (8 children)

I'd pick Delft over The Hague for a first time visitor if that comforts you.

[–]Basque CountryDGrazzz 30 points31 points  (1 child)

It does, thank you.

[–]EuropenvrMNDthBLLCKS 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I agree - good choice!

[–]European UnionRc72 12 points13 points  (5 children)

I'd choose Leiden over either (closer to Amsterdam, and more and prettier college girls...)

[–]thachicoo 53 points54 points  (2 children)

Yes that second argument is really strong if you’re visiting a city with your dad.

[–]bntplvrd 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Mom doesn't have to know.

[–]ItalyDrSloany 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Your dad enjoys looking at young girls, believe me.

[–]Under waterCreator13 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I'm from Delft with friends studying in Leiden and Utrecht. It's a running joke how it's a legitimate argument to study in other cities than Delft because of the girls.

[–]European UnionRc72 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I studied in Aachen myself and, believe me, I feel your pain. (For those who haven't got the joke yet: Delft and Aachen are both small towns housing two of Europe's leading technical universities, both engineering-focused, and with distressing male-to-female ratios and alarming neckbeard concentrations. Leiden, on the other hand, houses one of Europe's oldest universities, centered rather on law, medicine and the humanities, and thus has rather more female students. It's also, for various reasons, rather posh and snotty old-money upper-class.)

[–]The Netherlandscrackanape 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Delft is literally 7 minutes from the Hague by train. You could have done both. Next time your dad comes up with any big ideas, give me a call and I'll chime in with pedantic train schedule information.

[–]European UnionShrimp123456 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Only for them to all be delayed because NS

[–]South Holland (Netherlands)CriticalSpirit[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That's where HTM comes in.

[–]European UnionShrimp123456 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bless tram 1

[–]The NetherlandsBierdopje 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Then you would just take the tram between Delft and Den Haag instead

[–]South Holland (Netherlands)jasperzieboon 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Delft is easier to see in a day and everything you want to see is in walking distance from the railway station.

[–]Basque CountryDGrazzz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah, we went everywhere walking and it indeed is a beautiful city

[–]NL-Chaos 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would have visit Deventer its one of the oldest city's this year's it's 1250 years old ;) it's pretty and allot of old buildings but also allot to do in the city.

[–]slackslackliner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, but no. Delft is a way better day trip

[–]wummeke 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Mildly interesting fun fact: all the buildings in this picture ( except the most left tower) are government buildings. The other towers are (roughly from left to right) the ministry of education, ministry of social affairs, the ministry of internal affairs and the ministry of justice. Not sure what the most right tower next to the JuBi towers is.

Edit: from what I can see on Google Maps that tower on the right is just a generic office tower.

[–]NetherlandsMrAronymous 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It's De Kroon (the crown); both office and residental.

[–]newpua_bie 17 points18 points  (5 children)

Is this one of dem no go zones?

[–]European UnionShrimp123456 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I'm there right now. Apparently I'm flirting with death.

[–]newpua_bie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Living below sea level is already flirting with death. I believe the two cancel, and you are safe.

[–]Europectlkrats 5 points6 points  (2 children)

No, its publicly accessible. You can also go into the Binnenhof itself, which lies behind the old-timey facade you see in OPs picture

[–]iRunOnGas 4 points5 points  (1 child)

You missed the joke..

Some US ambassador in the Netherlands said there are no-go zones in the Netherlands and that there are politicians and cars being set on fire in the streets.

[–]Europectlkrats 2 points3 points  (0 children)

aahhhh wooosh... :D now I get it!

[–]Europectlkrats 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Also one of the most important UN cities.
It home to
* the International Court of Justice (which was financed by Andrew Carnegie on whom Duck McScrooge is based),
* the Permanent Court of Arbitration,
* the International Criminal Court (for which the US passed an act, that it would free any US citizen imprisoned there by force, which would require invading the Netherlands)
* the Iran-US claims tribunal and
* the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia which recently spoke its last judgement and has ceased to exist on 31. December 2017. Also one of the criminals drank poison there when his sentence was confirmed.

Eurojust is also there, which coordinates criminal prosecution between EU countries.

[–]Kledd 3 points4 points  (1 child)

There were also a ton of political meeting there during WW1 because of the Netherlands' neutrality

[–]Just above sea levelWideEyedWand3rer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And the Council of Europe's founding was discussed there after WW2.

[–]slash196 28 points29 points  (14 children)

If you've never visited it is absolutely worth a trip, probably the nicest beach I've ever seen in Northern Europe!

[–]South Holland (Netherlands)CriticalSpirit[S] 49 points50 points  (13 children)

[–]The NetherlandsStereoZombie 86 points87 points  (2 children)

The beach is great but the north sea is still the north sea.

[–]Netherlands & Romaniashishdem 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Aye the chavs across swim in that

[–]m0ffy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Just a reminder that people do go to Skegness on holiday.

[–]Enkidu88 6 points7 points  (9 children)

Is it always this crowded or is it a holiday season thing? Where I live there are some beaches that are like this all year-round, that's why I ask

[–]South Holland (Netherlands)CriticalSpirit[S] 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Holiday season, when it's 25+ degrees.

[–]Enkidu88 19 points20 points  (2 children)

I completely forgot about winter

[–]Amsterdam <3deadhour 10 points11 points  (1 child)

You must live near the equator lol

[–]Enkidu88 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I do lol

[–]The Netherlandskodalife 4 points5 points  (3 children)

It's mainly a good-weather thing. So never in winter, and in the summer only on those few days that the weather is good (sun shines and the temperature is above 20 degrees celsius).

[–]The Netherlandsvinnl 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Few?! There's at least five of them!

[–]The Netherlandskodalife 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah we were lucky last year.

[–]NetherlandsMrAronymous 11 points12 points  (0 children)

So never in winter,


[–]Groningen (Netherlands)wggn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Only the few weeks per year when it's hot.

[–]NLinnemann 28 points29 points  (27 children)

Why can't we move EU "back" to the Hauge. It is so beautiful!

Edit: Apparently I can't spell Dutch cities. Leaving it for aesthetics.

[–]NetherlandsMrAronymous 52 points53 points  (6 children)

Because people have trouble spelling the name.

[–]EarthChroevski 33 points34 points  (3 children)

What's so difficult about 's-Gravenhage?

[–]The NetherlandsNachtraaf 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Yeah, what's so difficult about Den Haag?

[–]The NetherlandsLeadstripes 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It's not nearly as difficult as 's Hertogenbosch or Tietjerksteradeel

[–]The NetherlandsJinzha 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Unlike that Bruxxelles Brussells Brusseles Brussel city!

[–]NLinnemann 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As soon as I saw your message I knew, I had done goofed.

[–]Bolognastandy85 8 points9 points  (19 children)

because Brussels is too a beautiful city. At times run down and dirty in the city center, but nothing that a good refurbishment/gentrification cannot solve.

And Belgian cuisine and beer is far superior to anything Holland has to offer. If anything, the EU quarter has rather plain buildings I would rather get rid of.

[–]MokkumG1ngerGenoc1de 8 points9 points  (7 children)

Beer, yes. Food? I don't know about that one tbh. I guess they have good chocolate though.

[–]The Netherlandshelio97 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Dutch cuisine is one of the most boring cuisines in the world.

[–]Deventer, The Netherlandsdurgasur 2 points3 points  (2 children)

ever been to Scandinavia? or Ireland? way worse then ours

[–]callmeeismann 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Beautiful city.

When I was there last year in November, there were what felt like millions of parakeets meeting up on the little island on the left of this picture. Does anybody know what's up with that?

[–]amancalledsun 31 points32 points  (2 children)

As a matter of fact I do. These parakeets are "Rose ringed parakeets" they roam the cities of The Hague and Amsterdam among other parts in the West of The Netherlands. In the 1960's these parakeets escaped from cages or were set free by their owners. Contrary to what you'd expect these birds are very well adjusted to the cold Dutch climate and as a result their numbers increased dramatically over the last decades, it is estimated that around 10.000 birds have made the Western part of The Netherlands their home now.

[–]The Netherlandscrackanape 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Often it seems like all 10,000 of them are in the tree outside our back window here in Amsterdam. They make quite a racket when they get together and party.

[–]callmeeismann 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Nice, thank you. Very interesting actually

[–]FranceEpeic 10 points11 points  (7 children)

I guess they don't burn polititians here right?

[–]The Netherlandscoolcoenred 9 points10 points  (1 child)

That's what the fountain is for

[–]Nazi NetherlandsCreeperCooper 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We drown them.

What's dead may never die!

[–]He does it for freevernazza 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Fun fact: both the Dutch PM's office and the museum housing Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp are visible on this photo. They are even next to each other (obscured yellow building and the tower in front of it).

[–]The Netherlandsvinnl 14 points15 points  (0 children)

The Mauritshuis is fantastic, a small museum but with those fantastic paintings, and the Goldfinch.

[–]RomaniaPadyEos 61 points62 points  (15 children)

Something most people don't expect: They have a beautiful beach.

[–]SMART-L 105 points106 points  (14 children)

Scheveningen is probably the shittiest beach in the country.

[–]Amsterdam <3deadhour 15 points16 points  (2 children)

We should send them all to Scheveningen so we can have the rest of the beaches for ourselves

[–]ArgonV 13 points14 points  (1 child)

We'll build a wall and make the Germans dig trenches!

[–]onzin-man-223 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Good plan,, they are allready good in diigging holes

[–]The NetherlandsJinzha 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Kijkduin and the beach between Scheveningen & Kijkduin isn't as bad though, right? Not too familiar with Den Haag in peak summer time, might be super busy then too.

[–]The Netherlandsflobin 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Shh, don't tell anyone, we want to keep all the tourists at the northern beach.

[–]SMART-L 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kijkduin is fine, I agree.

[–]marfoldi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Loved to cruise there on a longboard!

[–]Bolognastandy85 7 points8 points  (5 children)

what's the historical reason why the parliament was kept in the Hague while the official capital was Amsterdam?

Not saying that they should have, but I can't think of another nation where the parliament is not in the capital.

[–]Gunn (Netherlands)SpeckledFleebeedoo 25 points26 points  (1 child)

I believe South-Africa does it similar.

As to why Amsterdam is our capital: Louis Bonaparte, better known here as Lodewijk Napoleon (he was the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte), tougth the trading city Amsterdam deserved to be a world city, although The Hague was already the political center.

[–]Redcoat working on retaking the 13 colonies back for the empireemptyhunter 10 points11 points  (0 children)

South Africa split things so they had the judiciary in Bloemfontein, Parliament in Cape Town, and executive in Pretoria. This happened because before the Union of South Africa was formed there were individual colonies ruled from the three seats of government mentioned and the ultimate unification of these colonies would not be as a federal state along the lines of Canada or Australia but as a unitary state more akin to the UK itself. So it was a form of compensation for the loss of power each individual colony experienced after unification.

[–]The Netherlandsphilip1201 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Netherlands was founded as a coalition of seven distinct provinces. Each of these provinces had their own laws, traditions, and political interests, but Holland was the most powerful, and Amsterdam was the richest and most powerful city.

So in an attempt to reduce the centralization of power to the Holland- or Amsterdam-based elite, the other provinces insisted on putting parliament in a more neutral location. Later, Holland was even divided into North and South, separating Den Haag and Amsterdam further in a legal sense.

However, Den Haag was barely even a town at this point, and Amsterdam was the center of Dutch commerce. Because of that, and to assuage the Hollander faction, Amsterdam was picked as the capital.

[–]The NetherlandsUUUUUUUUU030 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Maybe you can compare it to former colonies like US, Canada and Australia setting up the capital in a new city instead of an existing largest powerful one.

There was a lot of competition between cities in Holland in the sixteenth century, and as the Hague, which had hosted the government of Holland since the fourteenth century, was not a city, it was a good neutral choice in 1585.

As Amsterdam grew the most powerful, I guess most of the country was happy not to let them have the government too.

I think someone else said this already, but in the Constitution Amsterdam is only mentioned once as being the capital, in a side remark.

[–]sharkweek247 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Moving there in a few months!

[–]European UnionShrimp123456 5 points6 points  (0 children)


[–]SpainHulkHunter 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Be welcome!

[–]The Netherlandsatvw 6 points7 points  (0 children)

In The Hague, the nick name for the 2 towers in the middle is 'de Haagse Tieten' = 'The Hague Tits'

[–]Braerian 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I studied abroad in The Hague. Best experience of my life. What a wonderful city.

[–]SwedenKulinBan 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Also known as second home for some Serbs.

[–]Polandcreativefox 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Welcome to King's Row!

[–]The Islamic Sheikhdom of FinlandSecondBreakfast1 3 points4 points  (1 child)

THIMUN anyone?

[–]EuropenvrMNDthBLLCKS 3 points4 points  (1 child)

We apologize for The Two Tits

[–]LusoFrench citizen living in the NetherlandsRafaRealness 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I will actually track you down and hit you if you ever apologize for tits again.

[–]AncientMumu 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I allways liked this oddly shaped building. Stadskantoor leyweg.

[–]BelgiumhistoricusXIII 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Underrated city. Every tourist flocks to Amsterdam, but the Netherlands has so many more awesome cities to visit.

[–]Olenkohan81 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's a nice picture.

[–]Swedenequipboardsubmission 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Truly delightful.

[–]Funnyandcreativename 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And also not even their actual capital

[–]Fighterbear12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s a beautiful photo! I just love architecture

[–]PortugalSinius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's a fountain?

[–]Ranita235 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Lovely place to live if you have the money to live in the upscale areas.

[–]European UnionShrimp123456 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Eh I live on the edge of schilderswijk and it's also quite fine

[–]European UnionShrimp123456 1 point2 points  (0 children)