Aruba

Geography:

  • Location:
    • Island in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea, near the Paraguaná Peninsula of Venezuela; and integral part of the Netherlands. In 1986 Aruba separated from The Netherlands Antilles and has received a status apart within the Kingdom of Holland.
  • Area:
    • Total: 193 sq km
    • Water: 0 sq km
    • Land: 193 sq km
  • Maritime Claims:
    • Coastline: 68.5 km
    • Territorial sea: 12 NM
  • Natural Resources:
    • NEGL; white sandy beaches

People:

  • Population: 70,844 (July 2003 est.)
  • Nationality: Noun: Aruban(s); Adjective: Aruban; Dutch
  • Ethnic groups: mixed white/Caribbean Amerindian 80%
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 82%, Protestant 8%, Hindu, Muslim, Confucian, Jewish
  • Languages: Dutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English dialect), English (widely spoken), Spanish

Government:

  • Country name: Aruba (conventional short form)
  • Dependency status: part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairs obtained in 1986 upon separation from the Netherlands Antilles; Dutch Government responsible for defense and foreign affairs
  • Government type: parliamentary democracy
  • Capital: Oranjestad
  • Administrative divisions: none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  • International organization participation: Caricom (observer), ECLAC (associate), Interpol, IOC, UNESCO (associate), WCL, WToO (associate)

Economy:

  • Inflation rate (consumer prices): 3.2% (2002 est.)
  • Industries: tourism, transshipment facilities, oil refining
  • Agriculture - products: aloes; livestock; fish
  • Exports: $1.88 billion f.o.b. (including oil reexports) (2002 est.)
  • Exports - commodities: live animals and animal products, art and collectibles, machinery and electrical equipment, transport equipment
  • Imports: $2.21 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)
  • Imports - commodities: machinery and electrical equipment, crude oil for refining and reexport, chemicals; foodstuffs
  • Currency: Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)

Institutional Structure:

National Focal Point for IOCARIBE

      Mr Marck Oduber

 

      Director Meteorological Department

 

      Ministry of Tourism Transportation & Labour

 

    Sabana Berne 73-B, Aruba
      Tel: (297) 5826497 Fax: (297) 5837328


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For updated information about Aruba visit their Central Intelligence Agency Factsheet.