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Aruba

Flag of Aruba
Flag
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Coat of arms
Anthem: Aruba Dushi Tera
Aruba, Dear Country
Location of  Aruba  (circled in red)in the Caribbean  (light yellow)
Location of  Aruba  (circled in red)

in the Caribbean  (light yellow)

Capital
and largest city
Oranjestad
Official languages
Religion
81% Roman Catholic
Demonym(s) Aruban
Government Constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Willem-Alexander
• Governor
Fredis Refunjol
• Prime Minister
Mike Eman
Legislature Estates of Aruba
Autonomy from the Netherlands Antilles
• Date
1 January 1986
Area
• Total
178.91 km2 (69.08 sq mi)
• Water (%)
negligible
Population
• 2010 census
102,484
• Density
567/km2 (1,468.5/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) 2007 estimate
• Total
$2.400 billion (182nd)
• Per capita
$23,831 (32nd)
Currency Aruban florin (AWG)
Time zone UTC−4 (AST)
Driving side right
Calling code +297
ISO 3166 code AW
Internet TLD .aw

Aruba is an island in the Caribbean Sea, just a short distance north of the Venezuelan Paraguaná Peninsula, and it forms a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Unlike much of the Caribbean region, it has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism, because visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather.

The island broke off from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986, hoping to gain its independence by 1996. In 1990, that effort stopped at the request of the island people.

Aruba is one of the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The other nations are the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The citizens of these countries all share a single nationality: Dutch.

About three quarters of the Aruban gross national product is earned through tourism or related activities.

The island came into the news after U.S. high school student Natalee Holloway disappeared on a graduation trip on May 30, 2005.

Geography

Aruba is a generally flat, riverless island. It is in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea. The western and southern beaches have white sandy beaches. They are generally protected from the ocean currents. This is one of the reasons Aruba is a popular tourist location.

Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba forms a group referred to as the ABC islands. Collectively, Aruba and the other Dutch islands in the Caribbean are often called the Dutch Caribbean.

Aruba has no administrative subdivisions. For census purposes, it is divided into eight regions. Its capital is Oranjestad.

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