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Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636.

The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, semi-autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

  • Arikok National Park (includes Boca Prins and Natural Pool);
  • California Dunes and Lighthouse;
  • Alto Vista Chapel
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
  • The State's Capital
  • Time Zone
    UTC -4
  • Telephone Code
  • Total Area
    180 Km2
  • Population
    12 232
  • Main Languages
  • Currency
    Guilders/florins (AWG)
  • GDP Per Capita
    USD 38900
  • Airports

    Tropical marine; little seasonal temperature variation

    Dutch 78.7%, Colombian 6.6%, Venezuelan 5.5%, Dominican 2.8%, Haitian 1.3%, other 5.1% (2020 est.)

    Wearing swimwear around town is considered rude.

    Keshi yena — a large portion of cheese that is hollowed out and stuffed with spiced meat and served either steamed or baked

    Small, tourism-dependent, territorial-island economy; very high public debt; COVID-19 crippled economic activity; partial recovery underway via tourism, benefitting from its high amount of timeshare residences; considering reopening oil refinery

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