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CapitalWillemstad
Governmentparliamentary
CurrencyNetherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Areatotal: 960 sq km
note: includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint EustatiusSint Eustatius, and Sint MaartenSint Maarten (Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin)
water: 0 sq km
land: 960 sq km
Population214,258 (July 2002 est.)
LanguageDutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect) predominates, English widely spoken, Spanish
ReligionRoman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Seventh-Day Adventist

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 northern portion is named Saint-MartinSaint-Martin and is part of Guadeloupe, and its southern portion is named Sint MaartenSint Maarten and is part of the Netherlands Antilles.

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Netherlands Antilles

Geography

Location 
Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea - one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela; the other is east of the Virgin Islands
Geographic coordinates 
12 15 N, 68 45 W
Map references 
Central America and the Caribbean
Area 
total: 960 sq km
note: includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint EustatiusSint Eustatius, and Sint MaartenSint Maarten (Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin)
water: 0 sq km
land: 960 sq km
Area - comparative 
more than five times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries 
total: 10.2 km
border countries: Guadeloupe (Saint Martin) 10.2 km
Coastline 
364 km
Maritime claims 
exclusive fishing zone: 12 NM
territorial sea: 12 NM
Climate 
tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds
Terrain 
generally hilly, volcanic interiors
Elevation extremes 
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m
Natural resources 
phosphates (Curacao only), salt (Bonaire only)
Land use 
arable land: 10%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 90% (1998 est.)
Irrigated land 
NA sq km
Natural hazards 
Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt and are rarely threatened; Sint MaartenSint Maarten, Saba, and Sint EustatiusSint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October
Environment - current issues 
NA
Geography - note 
the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles are divided geographically into the Leeward Islands (northern) group (Saba, Sint EustatiusSint Eustatius, and Sint MaartenSint Maarten) and the Windward Islands (southern) group (Bonaire and Curacao)
Netherlands Antilles

People

Population 
214,258 (July 2002 est.)
Age structure 
0-14 years: 25% (male 27,351; female 26,135)
15-64 years: 67.1% (male 68,431; female 75,312)
65 years and over: 7.9% (male 7,049; female 9,980) (2002 est.)
Population growth rate 
0.93% (2002 est.)
Birth rate 
16.16 births/1,000 population (2002 est.)
Death rate 
6.4 deaths/1,000 population (2002 est.)
Net migration rate 
-0.42 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2002 est.)
Sex ratio 
at birth: 1.05 mas)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 mas)/female
15-64 years: 0.91 mas)/female
65 years and over: 0.71 mas)/female
total population: 0.92 mas)/female (2002 est.)
Infant mortality rate 
11.06 deaths/1,000 live births (2002 est.)
Life expectancy at birth 
total population: 75.15 years
female: 77.46 years (2002 est.)
male: 72.96 years
Total fertility rate 
2.06 children born/woman (2002 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 
NA%
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS 
NA
HIV/AIDS - deaths 
NA
Nationality 
noun: Dutch Antillean(s)
adjective: Dutch Antillean
Ethnic groups 
mixed black 85%, Carib Amerindian, white, East Asian
Religions 
Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Seventh-Day Adventist
Languages 
Dutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect) predominates, English widely spoken, Spanish
Literacy 
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98%
male: 98%
female: 99% (1981 est.)
Netherlands Antilles

Government

Country name 
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Netherlands Antilles
local long form: none
former: Curacao and Dependencies
local short form: Nederlandse Antillen
Dependency status 
part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairs granted in 1954; Dutch Government responsible for defense and foreign affairs
Government type 
parliamentary
Capital 
Willemstad
Administrative divisions 
none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
note: each island has its own government
Independence 
none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
National holiday 
Queen's Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother JULIANA in 1909 and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX in 1980), 30 April
Constitution 
29 December 1954, Statute of the Realm of the Netherlands, as amended
Legal system 
based on Dutch civil law system, with some English common law influence
Suffrage 
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch 
chief of state: Queen BEATRIX of the Netherlands (since 30 April 1980), represented by Governor General Frits GOEDGEDRAG (since 1 July 2002)
head of government: Prime Minister Etienne YS (since 3 June 2002)
elections: the monarch is herary; governor general appointed by the monarch for a six-year term; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party is usually elected prime minister by the Staten; election last held 18 January 2002 (next to be held by NA 2006)
note: government coalition - PDB, DP-St. M, FOL, PLKP, PNP
cabinet: Council of Ministers elected by the Staten
Legislative branch 
unicameral States or Staten (22 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - FOL 5, PAR 4, PNP 3, PLKP 2, DP-St.M 2, UPB 2, DP 1, MAN 1, PDB 1, WIPM 1
note: the government of Prime Minister Miguel POURIER is a coalition of several parties; current seats by party - PAR 4, PNP 3, FOL 2, MAN 2, UPB 2, DP-St. M 2, PDB 1, SEA 1, WIPM 1, other 4
elections: last held 18 January 2002 (next to be held NA 2006)
Judicial branch 
Joint High Court of Justice (judges appointed by the monarch)
Political parties and leaders 
Antillean Restructuring Party or PAR Miguel POURIER; C 93 Stanley BROWN; Democratic Party of Bonaire or PDB Jopi ABRAHAM; Democratic Party of Curacao or DP Errol HERNANDEZ; Democratic Party of Sint Eustatius or DP-St. E Julian WOODLEY; Democratic Party of Sint Maarten or DP-St. M Sarah WESCOTT-WILLIAMS; Foundation Energetic Management Anti-Narcotics or FAME Eric LODEWIJKS; Labor Party People's Crusade or PLKP Errol COVA; National People's Party or PNP Susanne F. C. CAMELIA-ROMER; New Antilles Movement or MAN Kenneth GIJSBERTHA; Patriotic Union of Bonaire or UPB Ramon BOOI; Patriotic Movement of Sint Maarten or SPA Vance JAMES, Jr.; People's Party or PAPU Richard Hodi; Pro Curacao Party or PPK Winston LOURENS; Saba Democratic Labor Movement Steve HASSELL; Saba Unity Party Carmen SIMMONDS; St. Eustatius Alliance or SEA Kenneth VAN PUTTEN; Serious Alternative People's Party or Sapp Julian ROLLOCKS; Social Action Cause or KAS Benny DEMEI; Windward Islands People's Movement or WIPM Will JOHNSTON; Workers' Liberation Front or FOL Anthony GODETT, Rignald LAK, ha WRIGHT
note: political parties are indigenous to each island
Political pressure groups and leaders 
NA
International organization participation 
Caricom (observer), CCC, ECLAC (associate), Interpol, IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU, WCL, WMO, WToO (associate)
Diplomatic representation in the US 
none (represented by the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
Diplomatic representation from the US 
chief of mission: Consul General Deborah A. BOLTON
consulate(s) general: J. B. Gorsiraweg #1, Willemstad AN, Curacao
mailing address: P. O. Box 158, Willemstad, Curacao
telephone: 599 (9) 4613066
FAX: 599 (9) 4616489
Flag description 
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
Netherlands Antilles

Economy

Economy - overview 
Tourism, petroleum refining, and offshore finance are the mainstays of this small economy, which is closely tied to the outside world. Although GDP has declined in each of the past five years, the islands enjoy a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure compared with other countries in the region. Almost all consumer and capital goods are imported, the US and Mexico being the major suppliers. Poor soils and inadequate water supplies hamper the development of agriculture.
GDP 
purchasing power parity - $2.4 billion (2000 est.)
GDP - real growth rate 
-3.5% (2000 est.)
GDP - per capita 
purchasing power parity - $11,400 (2000 est.)
GDP - composition by sector 
agriculture: 1%
industry: 15%
services: 84% (1996 est.)
Population below poverty line 
NA%
Household income or consumption by percentage share 
lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 
5.8% (2000 est.)
Labor force 
89,000
Labor force - by occupation 
agriculture 1%, industry 13%, services 86% (1994 est.)
Unemployment rate 
15% (1998 est.)
Budget 
revenues: $710.8 million
expenditures: $741.6 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (1997 est.)
Industries 
tourism (Curacao, Sint Maarten, and Bonaire), petroleum refining (Curacao), petroleum transshipment facilities (Curacao and Bonaire), light manufacturing (Curacao)
Industrial production growth rate 
NA%
Electricity - production 
1.175 billion kWh (2000)
Electricity - production by source 
fossil fuel: 100%
hydro: 0%
other: 0% (2000)
nuclear: 0%
Electricity - consumption 
1.093 billion kWh (2000)
Electricity - exports 
0 kWh (2000)
Electricity - imports 
0 kWh (2000)
Agriculture - products 
aloes, sorghum, peanuts, vegetables, tropical fruit
Exports 
$276 million f.o.b. (2000)
Exports - commodities 
petroleum products
Exports - partners 
US 35.9%, Guatemala 9.4%, Venezuela 8.7%, France 5.4%, Singapore 2.8% (2000)
Imports 
$1.5 billion f.o.b. (2000)
Imports - commodities 
crude petroleum, food, manufactures
Imports - partners 
US 25.8%, Mexico 20.7%, Gabon 6.6%, Italy 5.8%, Netherlands 5.5% (2000)
Debt - external 
$1.35 billion (1996) (1996)
Economic aid - recipient 
IMF provided $61 million in 2000, and the Netherlands continued its support with $40 million
Currency 
Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Currency code 
ANG
Exchange rates 
Netherlands Antillean guilders per US dollar - 1.790 (fixed rate since 1989)
Fiscal year 
calendar year
Netherlands Antilles

Communications

Telephones - main lines in use 
76,000 (1995)
Telephones - mobile cellular 
13,977 (1996)
Telephone system 
general assessment: generally adequate facilities
domestic: extensive interisland microwave radio relay links
international: submarine cables - 2; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
Radio broadcast stations 
AM 9, FM 4, shortwave 0 (1998)
Radios 
217,000 (1997)
Television broadcast stations 
3 (there is also a cable service which supplies programs received from various US satellite networks and two Venezuelan channels) (1997)
Televisions 
69,000 (1997)
Internet country code 
.an
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 
6
Internet users 
2,000 (2000)
Netherlands Antilles

Transportation

Railways 
0 km (2002)
Highways 
total: 600 km
paved: 300 km
unpaved: 300 km (1992)
Waterways 
none
Ports and harbors 
Kralendijk, Philipsburg, Willemstad
Merchant marine 
total: 123 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 1,056,362 GRT/1,341,735 DWT
ships by type: bulk 2, cargo 39, chemical tanker 2, combination ore/oil 4, container 24, liquefied gas 5, multi-functional large-load carrier 15, passenger 1, refrigerated cargo 24, roll on/roll off 7
note: includes foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: Belgium 3, Denmark 2, Germany 43, Monaco 8, Netherlands 52, New Zealand 1, Norway 3, Peru 1, Spain 1, Sweden 3, United Kingdom 5 (2002 est.)
Airports 
5 (2001)
Airports - with paved runways 
total: 5
over 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1
under 914 m: 1 (2002)
Netherlands Antilles

Military

Military branches 
no regular indigenous military forces; Royal Netherlands Navy, Marine Corps, Royal Netherlands Air Force, National Guard, Police Force
Military manpower - military age 
20 years of age (2002 est.)
Military manpower - availability 
males age 15-49: 54,752 (2002 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service 
males age 15-49: 30,642 (2002 est.)
Military manpower - reaching military age annually 
males: 1,610 (2002 est.)
Military - note 
defense is the responsibility of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international 
none
Illicit drugs 
transshipment point for South American drugs bound for the US and Europe; money-laundering center

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