"Why is The Hague not the capital of the Netherlands?"
Translation:Waarom is Den Haag niet de hoofdstad van Nederland?
Als Amsterdam de hoofdstad van Nederland is, dan waarom is Het Binnenhof in Den Haag?
The Hague and Het Binnenhof have been the political centre of the Netherlands for a long time (De Staten Generaal started meeting there in 1580's). But Amsterdam has also been an influential city since a number of centuries. It's a complex story involving different Dutch states/forms of government (e.g. the Batavian Republic and being part of the French Empire), but basically Amsterdam is the capital, because the constitution says so. :) Also royal inaugurations and weddings take place in Amsterdam.
For more detail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_of_the_Netherlands
Must've been missing something... What's wrong with "De Haag"?