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Facts and stats about Aruba

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The Island of Aruba is one of the four constituent countries that compose the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The other three are the Netherlands, Curacao and Sint Maarten. It is divided into eight regions with Oranjestad as its capital. Aruba has an arid climate and landscape with a sunny weather making it the favourite of tourists looking for a tropical vacation place. It is one of the most booming territories in the Caribbean fuelled by the gold rush and mining in the early 19th century until reserves were used up after one century. The petroleum industry took over in 1920 until 1985 during the global economic crisis. Since then, the tourism sector became Aruba’s main source of revenues.

Aruba’s quest for autonomy began in 1947 although it took nearly 40 years before Aruba attained independence in 1986. Aruban People’s Party, the ruling party of Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman won 13 seats while the People’s Electoral Movement claimed seven during the elections in September of 2013. The government says it aims to continue policies focused on the implementation of reforms to improve efficiency of the public sector efficiency. It also strives to bolster economic growth and deal with high fiscal deficit while looking for a way to reopen the Valero oil refinery. Tourism has picked up with a projected modest growth of 3.6 percent from 2014 until 2015. Prime Minister Eman admits that his administration is looking forward to beef up the technology, communications and finance sectors.

There was a tourism issue in 2005 when an American teenager (Natalee Holloway) from Alabama disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Alabama. This incident hugged international publicity and the Alabama Governor called for a boycott of the country claiming that Aruban officials were not serious with the case. Nonetheless, the US Government did not support the proposed sanctions. The perception that Aruba was one of the safest island destinations was not affected totally.

109,153

Population. Ranked 189th in 2013.

$25,354.78

GDP per capita. Ranked 35th in 2011.

Interesting observations about Aruba

Aruba ranked first for migration > net migration > per capita amongst Christian countries in 2005.
Aruba ranked first for population density > people per sq. km amongst Catholic countries in 2005.
Aruba ranked first for electricity > production by source > fossil fuel globally in 2003.
Aruba ranked first for tourist arrivals > per capita amongst Latin America and Caribbean in 2008.
Aruba ranked 14 places from the bottom for population amongst Densely populated countries in 2013.
Aruba ranked second last for sex ratio > total population amongst Tourist destinations in 2013.
Aruba has ranked last for fuelwood > consumption by households since 2000.
Aruba has had the highest inbound tourism > tourist expenditure per capita since 1995.

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The Island of Aruba is one of the four constituent countries that compose the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The other three are the Netherlands, Curacao and Sint Maarten. It is divided into eight regions with Oranjestad as its capital. Aruba has an arid climate and landscape with a sunny weather making it the favourite of tourists looking for a tropical vacation place. It is one of the most booming territories in the Caribbean fuelled by the gold rush and mining in the early 19th century until reserves were used up after one century. The petroleum industry took over in 1920 until 1985 during the global economic crisis. Since then, the tourism sector became Aruba’s main source of revenues.

Aruba’s quest for autonomy began in 1947 although it took nearly 40 years before Aruba attained independence in 1986. Aruban People’s Party, the ruling party of Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman won 13 seats while the People’s Electoral Movement claimed seven during the elections in September of 2013. The government says it aims to continue policies focused on the implementation of reforms to improve efficiency of the public sector efficiency. It also strives to bolster economic growth and deal with high fiscal deficit while looking for a way to reopen the Valero oil refinery. Tourism has picked up with a projected modest growth of 3.6 percent from 2014 until 2015. Prime Minister Eman admits that his administration is looking forward to beef up the technology, communications and finance sectors.

There was a tourism issue in 2005 when an American teenager (Natalee Holloway) from Alabama disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Alabama. This incident hugged international publicity and the Alabama Governor called for a boycott of the country claiming that Aruban officials were not serious with the case. Nonetheless, the US Government did not support the proposed sanctions. The perception that Aruba was one of the safest island destinations was not affected totally.

Posted on 31 Mar 2014

jaacosta47

jaacosta47

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@ Beth, what a useless statement. You are probabley one of those americans that wanted to ban Aruba from trading, which would have been funny because you would have banned almost all trade with the EU (due to blocking the kingdom of the Netherlands from trading) since Aruba is part of the kingdom of the Netherlands. And something else the US detectives that came to the island couldnt find her either could they? And still the amount of murders committed are way higher in the US.

@G, The Dutch captured the island from the Spanish, so the local population was non existent anymore, since they where killed or incorporated into the spanish colonial system.

Posted on 02 May 2009

JMP

JMP

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Please make a correction. It is not written Arubinas, but Arubians. Thank you.

Posted on 03 Jun 2009

Clarissa

Clarissa

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