The Hague - International city of Peace & Justice
The Hague knowledge infrastructure | Key sector strength & clusters
The Hague is known across the globe as the city of peace and justice, where tens of thousands of talented people are working on innovations towards building a better, safer and more just society. It is also home to entities working in energy & renewables, cyber security, legal & finance, IT & tech, impact economy, social entrepreneurship and humanitarian affairs. They are the basis of our extensive and unique knowledge infrastructure.
Facts & figures
The Hague is the International City of Peace and Justice, the world’s legal capital, and the second seat of the United Nations. Every day, tens of thousands of people in The Hague are working together towards a better, safer and more just world. They work in hundreds of organisations, knowledge institutions, start-ups and NGOs as well as the Peace Palace – the symbol of international justice for more than 100 years.
Our city’s thriving business climate and unique ecosystem are reflected in these numbers:
The City of Peace and Justice
The Hague has an excellent and a well-deserved reputation of prestige, stature and influence.
It is home to the Dutch Royal Family, the Dutch Parliament, Nobel-prize winning organisations and many international companies.
In The Hague thriving business and innovation culture mingles with UN agencies, embassies and numerous international organisations.
Our city is the second largest UN city in the world after New York. Here important matters are discussed, decisions are made and alliances are formed.Peace & Justice expertise
The Hague is a major and rapidly expanding cyber security hub in Europe. In The Hague we believe that new technologies are imperative in accelerating and maintaining peace, justice and security worldwide.
Major international advancements and breakthroughs in the fields of cyber security, forensics, national security and critical infrastructure are developed in The Hague area, forming an unparalleled ecosystem of cyber security companies.
Our city drives global initiatives on the ethical and legal challenges related to the internet, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.Cyber Security expertise
IT & Technology
As a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, The Hague is a centre of IT & Tech expertise.
At the national level, The Hague is home to the new Strategic Action Plan for Artificial Intelligence and initiatives and organisations, such as:
- The Hague Humanity Hub
- The Hague Security Delta
- The Hague Tech
- World Start-up Factory
Together they form a strong tech ecosystem in The Hague that attracts industry leaders as well as young IT talent.IT & Tech expertise
Historically, The Hague has been the centre of generation of energy in the Netherlands. For that reason many multinational Energy companies such as Shell, Orsted, Q8, Aramco and Total and numerous engineering companies chose to locate in our city.
There are many initiatives in The Hague that actively support the development of sustainable solutions ensuring the transition to renewable forms of energy in the near future.
Some of these solutions, such as the blinking lights of offshore wind farms that can be seen at night from The Hague beach in Scheveningen or the solar panels on roofs, are already visible to the eye. Other, less visible solutions such as the geothermal generation of energy, have become a cornerstone of The Netherlands’ energy transition.New energy sector expertise
Legal & Finance
The Hague is a key player in the Legal & Finance sector and is known as the legal capital of the world.
Industries such as insurance, asset management and pension expertise are well-established in the city.
Major players in The Hague are the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, numerous insurance companies, like Aegon International BV and Zurich Insurance Group, as well as major investment banks such as ING and Deutsche Bank.
The presence of government institutions and regulatory bodies ensures the necessary stability and interconnectedness, which ultimately sustains an efficient financial sector.Legal and Finance expertise
Here in The Hague we live and breathe by ‘doing good and doing business’ principles, where social impact and economic success go hand in hand. This motto is the city’s DNA, whether it is expressed as the home of the diplomatic corps, which numbers about 25,000 people, or as one of the many renowned international organisations such as the International Court of Justice, Europol or the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.
The new Municipal Executive has reaffirmed the Impact Economy’s importance for a future-proof city – entirely in line with The Hague’s status as International City of Peace and Justice. It is also another means by which The Hague can contribute to the realisation of the UN’s sustainable development goals.Impact Economy Expertise
Life Sciences and E-Health
The Netherlands offers a comprehensive healthcare system with plenty of top-notch health centres and hospitals. Each year the country invests around 10% of its GNP in the health sector to ensure top-quality care.
There is a high concentration of pioneering companies in medical technology in the city and the region such as Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Toshiba Medical Systems, Draeger and PharmaPack.
New start-ups and initiatives include Medical Delta, a network of life sciences, health and technology organisations, and Smart Lab, an initiative of the Sophia Rehabilitation Centre, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and TU Delft where innovations in the field of rehabilitation are tested.Life Sciences expertise