The Hague

What's with the "The"?

By Deane Barker tags: geography

The International Court of Justice in The Hague

(Credit: Karen Rustad Tölva)

This is the third largest city in The Netherlands, commonly known for the International Court of Justice (the “World Court”), which is the judicial arm of the United Nations.

The name was originally a royal hunting ground in the 1400s, and was known as “des Graven Hage” (the Count’s Enclosure or Wood). The city is known as “Den Haag” in Dutch, and this somehow got translated into “The Hague” in English

Why I Looked It Up

A book about the oil industry mentioned The Hague several times as the location where international oil dispute were adjudicated.

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