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About The Hague
Those Dutchies just love the Volvo Ocean Race, don’t they?
They certainly do. With a long history of famous boats and esteemed sailors testing themselves against the toughest conditions on earth in this event, the Netherlands has always been a great supporter of the Volvo Ocean Race. Last edition, thousands of fans turned out for a short but unforgettable three day pit-stop in The Hague, as the boats called in for a breather on their way to the finish line in Gothenburg.
And now the city will host the actual finish of the Race? Yep - in 2018, The Hague will host the culmination of the race, at the finish of the crucial last leg from Gothenburg and the end of the 13th edition. "The finish of the Volvo Ocean Race really is a major accolade for our city," said Deputy Mayor, Karsten Klein. "It is the biggest sports event that we have ever organised in The Hague."
The Hague – that’s famous for being an international hub, isn’t it?
Sure is - the words ‘peace and justice’ are part of the city’s official logo, and there are 150 international organisations that call The Hague home, including the International Court of Justice. So it’s one of the places that hosts the United Nations, along with global cities like New York, Tokyo and Geneva.
But it’s not all serious stuff. The city is also known for some very popular beach resorts, and although the population counts half a million people, it’s fairly easy to find somewhere to put your towel along the seven miles of coastline.
So what else is there to do in a city of half a million people?
With more bars and restaurants than you can shake a stick at, you certainly won’t be bored here. There’s entertainment around every corner, and, if you’re a culture enthusiast, you’ll be spoiled for choice by the range of art museums and galleries. There’s the Mauritshuis, featuring the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt, and the modern art collection of the Gemeentemuseum, to get you started.