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An Expat Talks about Living in The Hague, Netherlands

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

The Hague

How long have you lived there?

2 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

I'd start with ACCESS (access-nl.org) and The Hague Online (thehagueonline.com), and go from there.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

The Hague is quite diverse on all levels, with lots of expats. It seems to be more accepting of differences than some places outside the Randstad (the area in which Amersterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam are located).

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

As previously mentioned, many people work for international organizations and businesses, the Dutch government, or foreign embassies.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

The Hague is the seat of government for the Netherlands. So in addition to the Queen, Ministries and Dutch Parliament, it is home to foreign embassies and a host of international organizations (many UN) as well as international businesses. I think of it as a capital city with a small town feel. Lots of greenery and park land, with beautiful dune beaches along the North Sea. Plenty to do, with fewer tourists than in Amsterdam.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

With its international flavor and resources supporting expats, The Hague is what I think is a relatively easy city in which to find your way. It's also an easy starting place to travel throughout the Netherlands and a great place from which to visit other countries.

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