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Population: 101,484 (est.)

Language(s):  Dutch

Capital: Oranjestad

Interesting Facts:

  • The Aruban florin is the official currency of Aruba.
  • Roman Catholicism is the main religion of the Island. Many other religions are also practiced though and have their own places of worship and relative services.
  • Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather.
  • The Aruban climate has a little variation from a yearly average of a sunny 27°C (81°F).
  • Aruba has around 80 separate nationalities due to a quite turbulent past.
  • Aruba has quite a considerable tourism trade with the majority of tourists coming from North America.
  • The economy of Aruba is an open system, with tourism currently providing the largest percentage of the country’s income.
  • Because of tourism’s rapid growth in the last 80 years, related industries like construction have also flourished.

Aruba is a 33-kilometer-long (20 mi) island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, located 27 km (17 mi) north of the coast of Venezuela and approximately 130 km (81 mi) east of the Guajira Peninsula, Colombia. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. Collectively, Aruba and the other Dutch islands in the Antilles are commonly referred to as the Netherlands Antilles or the Dutch Antilles.

Along with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, Aruba is one of the four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The citizens of all share a single nationality: Dutch. Aruba has no administrative subdivisions, but, for census purposes, is divided into eight regions. Its capital is Oranjestad.

Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather. It has a land area of 179 square kilometres (69.1 sq mi) and is densely populated with a total of 101,484 inhabitants at the 2010 Census. It lies outside the hurricane belt.

Source: Wikipedia

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