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Learn more about Aruba.
Flag of Aruba Aruba
Population: 71,218 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Oranjestad
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An Introduction to Aruba
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, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

Aruba map

Map of Aruba ( Location ) : 12 30 N, 69 58 W, Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela. For additional reports and educational information specific to Aruba, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Aruban Flag
Blue, 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.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Aruba.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.51%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 75.64 yrs - Male
    • 82.49 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 37,100 (2002)

Televisions:
    • 20,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 50,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .aw

Did you know ... People from Aruba are called Arubans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook