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Bonaire

Two Dutch island groups (Netherlands Antilles), in the Caribbean Sea - part of five Dutch islands, Curacao, and St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius lie east of the US Virgin Islands

Country Fact Sheet
Capital Kralendijk
Surface 112 square miles
Currency Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG) or florin, US dollar widely accepted
GDP Purchasing power parity - $2.45 billion (2003 est.)
GDP/Capita Purchasing power parity - $11,400 (2003 est.)
Language Papiamentu (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect) 65.4%, English 15.9% (widely spoken), Dutch 7.3% (official), Spanish 6.1%, Creole 1.6%, other 1.9%, unspecified 1.8%
Religion Roman Catholic 72%, Pentacostal 4.9%, Protestant 3.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.1%, Methodist 2.9%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.7%, other Christian 4.2%, Jewish 1.3%, other or unspecified 1.2%, none 5.2%
Government

Parliamentary

Time Zone GMT -4 hours 
Telecom Code Dial 011+599+717 and then 4 digit local number
Airport

Flamingo International Airport

Driving On right hand side of the road, license required
Electrical 220 volts 127 volts AC 50 hertz
Political Climate Stable country
Population 15,000 people (2004 est.)
History

Once the centre of the Caribbean slave trade, the island of Curacao was hard hit by the abolition of slavery in 1863. Its prosperity (and that of neighbouring Aruba) was restored in the early 20th century with the construction of oil refineries to service the newly discovered Venezuelan oil fields. The island of Saint Martin is shared with France; its southern portion is named Sint Maarten and is part of the Netherlands Antilles; its northern portion is called Saint-Martin and is part of Guadeloupe (France)

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