LKS 20190809 76739385; A woman wearing a niqab takes a selfie while flashing the victory sign as she takes part in a demonstration against the ban of a face-covering veil, in The Hague on August 9, 2019. - The Netherlands banned the wearing of a face-covering veil, such as a burqa or niqab, in public buildings and on transport from August 1, 2019 as a contentious law on the garment worn by some Muslim women came into force. Between 200 and 400 women are estimated to wear a burqa or niqab in the country of 17 million people. The Dutch legislation was passed in June 2018 after more than a decade of political debate on the subject. LEHTIKUVA / AFP, AFP / LEHTIKUVA / NIELS WENSTEDT