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Location of Aruba (circled in red)
in the Caribbean (light yellow)
and largest city
|Religion||81% Roman Catholic|
|Legislature||Estates of Aruba|
|Autonomy from the Netherlands Antilles|
|1 January 1986|
|178.91 km2 (69.08 sq mi) (214th)|
• Water (%)
• 2010 census
|567/km2 (1,468.5/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2007 estimate|
|$2.400 billion (182nd)|
• Per capita
|Currency||Aruban florin (AWG)|
|Time zone||UTC−4 (AST)|
|ISO 3166 code||AW|
Aruba is an island in the Caribbean Sea, just north of the Venezuelan Paraguaná Peninsula. It is in 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.
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.
The Aruba population is about 75% mixed, 15% black, and 10% white.
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