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Nederlands Aruba

Aruba is een eilandnatie in de Caribische Zee op een veertigtal kilometer ten noorden van het schiereiland Paraguaná van de Venezolaanse deelstaat Falcón. Het behoort tot de ABC-eilanden van de Kleine Antillen. Aruba heeft een bevolking van circa 103.000 inwoners en een oppervlakte van circa 180 km². Het eiland is zeer droog met weinig van de tropische vegetatie die in de Caribbean zo gebruikelijk is. De hoofdstad van Aruba is Oranjestad. Op 1 januari 1986 scheidde Aruba zich af van de overige Nederlandse Antillen en werd een autonoom land binnen het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (status aparte).

Papiamentu Aruba

Aruba ta un isla ku ta keda den Laman Caribe. E ta forma parti di e islanan greografico di ABC (esta Aruba, Bonaire y Curaçao) cual ta 27 km noord di e Peninsula di Paraguaná, Estado Falcón, Venezuela. E ta forma parti di Reino Hulandes como un partner hunto cu Antiya Hulandes y ► Hulanda como un pais autonomo, difini como Status Aparte cual ta na vigor desde 1 januari 1986. Prome cu 1 januari 1986 Aruba tabata forma parti di ► Antiya Hulandes.

English Aruba - Aruba

Aruba is a 32 km-long island of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, 27 km north of the Paraguaná Peninsula, Falcón State, ► Venezuela and west of ► Curaçao. It is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Unlike much of the Caribbean region, it has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather. It has a land area of 193 km².


Short name Aruba
Official name Aruba
Status Country inside the Kingdom of the ► Netherlands, Dutch since 1636
Location Caribbean
Capital Oranjestad
Population 102,695 inhabitants
Area 193 km²
Major language(s) Dutch, Papiamentu
Major religion(s) Roman Catholicism, Protestantism
More information Aruba, Geography of Aruba, History of Aruba and Politics of Aruba
More images Aruba - Aruba (Category).

General maps

Caribbean - Aruba.PNG Location of Aruba

Ligging van Aruba
Aruba map.png Map of Aruba

Kaart van Aruba
Netherlands Antilles-CIA WFB Map (1985).png Map of the former Netherlands Antilles with Aruba

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Aruba, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Aruba.

Aruba's first inhabitants were the Arawaks. In 1499 the Spanish explorer Alonso de Hojeda discovers the island of Aruba. In 1634 the Netherlands conquered Aruba, followed by other islands in the region, that together become part of the Dutch West Indies. During the napoleonic wars Aruba is occupied by Britain (1805-1816). In 1848 the islands formed the separate colony of Curaçao. Limited self-government was introduced in 1936 and the colony was renamed Netherlands Antilles in 1948.


In 1986 Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles to form a separate Dutch dependency (country inside the Kingdom of the Netherlands).

Satellite maps

Aruba World Wind.jpg Satellite map

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