Netherlands-Russia year in 2013
Published: 25 January 2013 Modified: 05 March 2013
The Netherlands-Russia year will focus on the special bond between the two countries. From March to November 2013 a number of cultural activities will take place in the Netherlands and Russia to celebrate 400 years of diplomatic ties.
During the Netherlands-Russia year, the two countries will work together to shine the spotlight on their long history of bilateral relations. Russia will offer an ambitious programme in the Netherlands, including The Hague, with a variety of economic, cultural and social events. The Netherlands will do the same in Russia during the second half of 2013.
Bond with Russia
The Hague in particular has a special relationship with Russia. On 24 August 1898 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia sent a letter to the governments of the major nations inviting them to an international conference on peace and disarmament. At the request of Russia, The Hague was selected as the site for the first peace conference. The conference took place in Huis ten Bosch in 1899.
The decision to build the Peace Palace in The Hague was a result of this first international peace conference. The Peace Palace will celebrate its 100-year anniversary this year.