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The capital of the Netherlands


In a country where the name itself is ambiguous, it's hard to say where the capital sits.

Amsterdam is the "hoofdstad" — the head city.

But The Hague (Den Haag) is the regeringszetel - the seat of government. The parliament, the cabinet of ministers, the monarch, and almost all ambassadors hold office or court there, since 1584.

Amsterdam is amongst only a few cities worldwide that are officially the capital but not seat the national government.