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Aruba

In the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela

Country Fact Sheet
Capital Oranjestad
Surface 193 sq km
Currency Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)
GDP Purchasing power parity - $2,258 billion
GDP/Capita (PPP) - $21,800
Language Dutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English dialect), English (widely spoken), Spanish
Religion Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Confucian, And Jewish
Government

parliamentary representative democratic country

Time Zone Eastern Standard Time +1 hour: GMT -4 hours 
Telecom Code +297 and six digit number
Airport

Aruba-Queen Beatrix Airport (AUA/TNCA) Domestic Only, Oranjestad 5km (3miles)

Driving On right hand side of the road, license required
Electrical 110/120/220V AC use of standard European non-grounded socket
Political Climate Stable country
Population 101,541 people
History

FAruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636 from the Spanish who discovered the island in 1499, which was the home of the Arubaes, an Arawak tribe from the South American mainland. The Spanish took little interest in Aruba, apart from shipping some of the Arawaks to work in mines on Hispaniola. Conflict in Europe between Spain and Holland resulted in the Dutch seizing the island in 1636, and the Dutch began to colonize Aruba at the end of the 17th century. Poor soil and aridity saved the island from plantation economics and the slave trade. Instead the Dutch left the Arawaks to graze livestock on the parched landscape, using the island as a source of meat for other Dutch possessions in the Caribbean.

The British arrived in 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars but sailed into the sunset in 1816. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush giving way a flood of gold-hungry immigrants who arrived from Europe and Venezuela, and mining continued right up until 1916. When the mines became unproductive, Aruba turned to oil refining in a big way. In 1929 the world's largest refinery was built on the south-eastern tip of the island. In1940s, Aruba began to resent its secondary role to Curaçao in the federation known as the Netherlands Antilles (then composed of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Suriname). Calls for autonomy increased over the next 40 years, and in 1986 Aruba finally became an autonomous state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Local Business & Service Providers
Accommodation
» ARUBA MARRIOTT RESORT & STELLARIS CASINO
Automotive services
» Optima
Business travel
» De Palm Tours
Corporate incentives
Financial services
» Aruba Bank
Financial Technology
» FTPartners
Intellectual Property
» B&P Interface Aruba N.V.
Legal and fiduciary
» Coutinho & Co., Attorneys at Law
Lifestyle
» Le Dome
Technology
Local Radio
» 100.9 Cool FM - Oranjestad
» 101.7 Cristal Sound 101.7 FM - Oranjestad
» 106.7 Radio Kelkboom - Bloemond
» 1440 Radio Kelkboom - Oranjestad
» 88.1 Mega 88FM - Oranjestad
» 88.9 Radio Revolucion - Oranjestad
» 89.9 Canal 90 - Oranjestad
» 94.1 Hit 94 FM - Oranjestad
» 95.1 Top FM - Sta. Cruz AW
» 96.5 Magic FM - Oranjestad
» 99.9 Galactica FM - Oranjestad
Local Weather Forecast
» BBC Weather
» Reuters
Government Agencies
» Aruba Financial Centre
» Aruba Foreign Investment Agency
» Aruba Tourism Authority
» Central Bureau of Statistics
» Cruise Tourism Authority
» Department of Agriculture, Husbandry and Fisheries
» Department of Economic Affairs
» Kabinet van de Gevolmachtigde Minister van Aruba
» The Department of Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry (DEACI)
» The Government of Aruba
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