Aruba Identity Card


Country name: Aruba
Area: 193 sq km
Coastline: 68.5 km
Highest point: Mount Jamanota 188 m
Population: 71,566
Density: 370/Km2
Population growth rate: 0.47%
Official Language: Dutch
Religions: Predominately Roman Catholic
Government type: Parliamentary democracy (Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
Capital: Oranjestad
GDP - per capita: $28,000
Inflation rate: 3.2%
Currency (code): Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)
Calling code: +297
Internet country code: .aw
Time Zone: GMT -4.0H


California lighthouse

Aruba is a world-class vacationing spot with warm and steady winds, a complex and sheltered coastline, arched coral bridges, carved limestone structures and a protective environment. Go snorkelling, sport fishing and sailing and be welcomed by one of the most hospitable Caribbean tribe; Aruba is home to some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean. Presently a separate member state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, this island nation was once the home ground for Arawak Indians. Though Spanish were the first Europeans to explore the islands but Dutch were the ones who settled in Aruba. After a brief rule by the British, it officially became part of the Netherlands Antilles in 1845. Aruba achieved self-governance on January 1, 1986 but is yet to gain full independence. The terrain of this river less island dwindles between extremes like arid, desert-like surface in the northern and eastern fronts to relatively green patches of the western and southern coasts. There are also some not-so-high mountain ranges in the middle of the island, Mount Jamanota being the highest of them at 188 metres. On the cultural front, the "Papiamento" is a strange linguistic mixture of Aruba.




The bay of Coco Beach


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