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Quick Facts:

Area: 75 sq miles (194 sq km)
Population: 80,000
Capital city: Oranjestad (pop 18,000)
Language: Dutch is the official language, Papiamento is the local dialect, plus English and Spanish
Currency: Aruban florin (Afl) / U.S. Dollar widely accepted
Religion: Roman Catholic (82%), plus Protestants, Jews and Baha'i
Government: Autonomous state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Major industries: Tourism, oil refining, offshore banking, phosphates
Health risks: Sunburn
Time: GMT/UTC minus four hours, Year round Atlantic Standard Time
Electricity: 110V, 60Hz
Weights & measures: Imperial, with some metric
Telephoning: Country code 297; area code 8
Visas: Most nationalities require just a passport. US and Canadian citizens can visit with proof of citizenship, such as a photo ID and a birth certificate. A roundtrip or onward ticket is required of all visitors.
Climate: yearly averages: temp 82, rainfall 17", humidity 76%, watertemp 89, year round tropical tradewinds. Average daily sunshine is more than 8 hours per day.
Drinking water: Distilled and purified from the tap

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This site went online 1999.
Photos by Patti MacK copyrighted 1999 and may not be used without permission.


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