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Netherlands Antilles

Flag: Netherlands Antilles
Geography
 
Location:Two island groups in the Caribbean Sea - composed of five islands, Curacao and Bonaire located off the coast of Venezuela, and Sint Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius lie east of the US Virgin Islands
Area:Total: 960 sq km Land: 960 sq km note: includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten (Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin)
Land boundaries:Total: 15 km It has borders with Saint Martin 15 km
Map: Netherlands Antilles
Climate:Tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds
People
 
Population:223,652 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 23.6% (male 27,020/female 25,726) 15-64 years: 67.4% (male 72,449/female 78,259) 65 years and over: 9% (male 8,243/female 11,955) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Mixed black 85%, other 15% (includes Carib Amerindian, white, East Asian)
Religions:Roman Catholic 72%, Pentecostal 4.9%, Protestant 3.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.1%, Methodist 2.9%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.7%, other Christian 4.2%, Jewish 1.3%, other or unspecified 1.2%, none 5.2% (2001 census)
Languages:Papiamento 65.4% (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect), English 15.9% (widely spoken), Dutch 7.3% (official), Spanish 6.1%, Creole 1.6%, other 1.9%, unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)
Government
 
Government type:Parliamentary
Capital:Willemstad (on Curacao)
Independence:None (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
Legal system:Based on Dutch civil law system with some English common law influence
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$2.8 billion (2004 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$16,000 (2004 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 1% industry: 15% services: 84% (2000 est.)
Industries:Tourism (Curacao, Sint Maarten, and Bonaire), petroleum refining (Curacao), petroleum transshipment facilities (Curacao and Bonaire), light manufacturing (Curacao)
Currency (code):Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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