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Basic Facts
Country name conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Aruba
Gevernment typeparliamentary democracy
Capital name: Oranjestad
geographic coordinates: 12 33 N, 70 06 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionblue, with two narrow, horizontal, yellow stripes across the lower portion and a red, four-pointed star outlined in white in the upper hoist-side corner
CurrencyAruban guilder/florin (AWG)
Internet country code.aw
Ports and terminalsBarcadera, Oranjestad, Sint Nicolaas
Agriculture productsaloes; livestock; fish
Industriestourism, transshipment facilities, oil refining
Geography
LocationCaribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela
Coordinates12 30 N, 69 58 W
ContinentCentral America and the Caribbean
Area total: 193 sq km
land: 193 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline68.5 km
Climatetropical marine; little seasonal temperature variation
Terrainflat with a few hills; scant vegetation
Natural resourcesNEGL; white sandy beaches
Natural hazardslies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt
People
Population71,891 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsmixed white/Caribbean Amerindian 80%
ReligionsRoman Catholic 82%, Protestant 8%, Hindu, Muslim, Confucian, Jewish
LanguagesDutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English dialect), English (widely spoken), Spanish

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