Aruba in the Southern Caribbean

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Palm Beach © Atilin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palm Beach © Atilin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Aruba is an island 33 kilometre long (20 mi) located about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) west of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, located 27 kilometres (17 mi) north of the coast of Venezuela. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands. Collectively, Aruba and the other Dutch islands in the Caribbean are often called the Netherlands Antilles or the Dutch Antilles.

Aruba is one of the four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The citizens of these countries all share a single nationality: Dutch. Aruba has no administrative subdivisions, but, for census purposes, is divided into eight regions. Its capital is Oranjestad.

Palm Beach © flickr.com - David Stanley/cc-by-2.0 Parliament of Aruba © Bkell Oranjestad © Quistnix/cc-by-1.0 Oranjestad © flickr.com - David et Magalie/cc-by-2.0 Green Eel at Malmock Reef © flickr.com - Serge Melki/cc-by-2.0 Palm Beach © Atilin/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Green Eel at Malmock Reef © flickr.com - Serge Melki/cc-by-2.0
About three quarters of the Aruban gross national product is earned through tourism or related activities. Most tourists are from the United States (predominantly from the north-east US), the Netherlands and South-America, mainly Venezuela and Colombia. As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, citizens of (mainland) the Netherlands can travel with relative ease to Aruba and other islands of the Dutch Antilles. No visas are needed for Dutch citizens, only a passport, and although the currency used in Aruba is different, Euros are still not widely accepted but can be easily exchanged at a local bank for Aruban Florins.

The holiday of Carnaval is an important one in Aruba, as it is in many Caribbean and Latin American countries, and, like Mardi Gras, that goes on for weeks. Its celebration in Aruba started, around the 1950s, influenced by the inhabitants from the nearby islands (Venezuela, St Vincent, Trinidad, Barbados, St. Maarten and Anguilla) who came to work for the Oil refinery. Over the years the Carnival Celebration has changed and now starts from the beginning of January till the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with a large parade on the last Sunday of the festivities (Sunday before Ash Wednesday).

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