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Aruba

Flag of Aruba
Anthem: 
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
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)

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.

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

References

  1. Migge, Bettina; Léglise, Isabelle; Bartens, Angela (2010). Creoles in Education: An Appraisal of Current Programs and Projects. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 268. ISBN 978-90-272-5258-6 . http://books.google.com/books?id=4SMLb6hKv4YC&lpg=PT276.