|Anthem: Aruba Dushi Tera
Aruba, Dear Country
Location of Aruba (circled in red)
in the Caribbean (light yellow)
and largest city
|Religion||81% Roman Catholic|
|-||Prime Minister||Mike Eman|
|Legislature||Estates of Aruba|
|Autonomy from the Netherlands Antilles|
|-||Date||1 January 1986|
69 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2007 estimate|
|-||Total||$2.400 billion (182nd)|
|-||Per capita||$23,831 (32nd)|
|Currency||Aruban florin (AWG)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC−4)|
|Drives on the||right|
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.
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.
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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