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Learn more about Netherlands Antilles.
Flag of Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles
Population: 218,126 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Willemstad
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An Introduction to Netherlands Antilles
Once the center of the Caribbean slave trade, the island of Curacao was hard hit by the abolition of slavery in 1863. Its prosperity (and that of neighboring Aruba) was restored in the early 20th century with the construction of oil refineries to service the newly discovered Venezuelan oil fields. The island of Saint Martin is shared with France; its southern portion is named Sint Maarten and is part of the Netherlands Antilles; its northern portion is called Saint-Martin and is part of Guadeloupe.

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Map of Netherlands Antilles ( Location ) : 12 15 N, 68 45 W, Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea - one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela ; the other is east of the Virgin Islands. For additional reports and educational information specific to Netherlands Antilles, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Dutch Antillean Flag
White, with a horizontal blue stripe in the center superimposed on a vertical red band, also centered; five white, five-pointed stars are arranged in an oval pattern in the center of the blue band; the five stars represent the five main islands of Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten.

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Some interesting facts and figures about Netherlands Antilles.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.86%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 73.37 yrs - Male
    • 77.95 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 81,000 (2001)

    • 69,000 (1997)

    • 217,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .an

Did you know ... People from Netherlands Antilles are called Dutch Antilleans

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook