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Resources about Aruba including maps, facts about the land, people, history,
government, political conditions, and economy.
Economy of Aruba
GDP (2008): $1.968 billion.
Growth rate (2008): -1.6%.
Per capita GDP (2008): $25,922.
Natural resources: Beaches. Tourism/services and oil refining
are dominant factors in GDP.
Trade (2009): Exports--$138 million: oil products, live
animals and animal products, art and collectibles, machinery
and electrical equipment, transport equipment. Major markets
in value--Panama (23.89%), Colombia (17.42%), Netherlands
Antilles (20.51%), U.S. (9.35%), Venezuela (12.60%),
Netherlands (7.56%). Imports--$1.092 billion: crude petroleum,
food, manufactures. Major suppliers--U.S. (49.5%), Netherlands
(16.14%), U.K. (4.94%).
Geography of Aruba
Area: 180 sq. km. (112 sq. mi.).
Terrain: Flat with a few hills; scant vegetation.
Government of Aruba
Type: Parliamentary democracy.
Independence: Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Branches: Executive--monarch represented by a governor (chief
of state), prime minister (head of government), Cabinet.
Legislative--unicameral parliament. Judicial--Joint High Court
of Justice appointed by the monarch.
Subdivisions: Aruba is divided into eight regions--Noord/Tank
Leendert, Oranjestad (west), Oranjestad (east), Paradera,
Santa Cruz, Savaneta, Sint Nicolaas (north), and Sint Nicolaas
Political parties: People's Electoral Movement (MEP), Aruba
People's Party (AVP), Network (RED), Aruban Patriotic Movement
(MPA), Real Democracy (PDR), Aruba Liberal Organization (OLA),
Aruba Patriotic Party (PPA), Aruba Democratic Alliance
(ALIANSA), Socialist Movement of Aruba (MSA).
Suffrage: Universal at 18 years.
Map of Aruba
This Map of Aruba shows the borders of the country, as well as
rivers, and cities including Oranjestad the capital of Aruba.
(Maps from the U.S. State Department)
Official Name of Aruba
The Official Name of Aruba is Aruba. (Facts from the U.S.
People of Aruba
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Aruban(s).
Population (2008): 106,050.
Annual population growth rate: 1.46%.
Ethnic groups: Mixed white/Caribbean Amerindian 80%, other
Religion: Roman Catholic 81%, Evangelist 4.1%, Protestant
2.5%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.5%, Methodist 1.2%, other 5.3%,
unspecified or none 4.6%.
Languages: Dutch (official); Papiamento, Spanish, and English
also are spoken.
Health: Infant mortality rate--16/1,000. Life expectancy--72
years for men, 78 years for women.
Work force (54,720): Most employment is in wholesale and
retail trade and repair, followed by hotels and restaurants
and oil refining. Unemployment--about 5.7% (2007).
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