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___ Netherlands AntillesA virtual travel guide to the Netherlands Antilles. This page aims to give you a broad overview of art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government of Netherlands Antilles.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, this page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Caribbean island territory, e.g.: official web sites of the Netherlands Antilles, addresses of Netherlands embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from the Netherlands Antilles.
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The territory of Netherlands Antilles consists of five islands divided geographically into the Leeward Islands (northern) group with the islands of Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten and the Windward Islands (southern) group with the islands of Bonaire and Curaçao.
border countries: Guadeloupe (on Sint Maarten, Saint-Martin)
related countries: Netherlands
int'l long form: Netherlands Antilles
ISO Country Code: an
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sat-May-26 02:22
Country Calling Code: +599
Capital City: Willemstad (on Curaçao)
Other Cities: Kralendijk (Bonaire), Oranjestad (Sint Eustatius)
Autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal and partly in foreign affairs.
note: each island has its own government.
Location: Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea.
Area: 800 km² (308 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Generally hilly, volcanic interiors.
Climate: Tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds.
Nationality: Dutch Antillean(s)
GNI per capita PPP (year): $ 23 770
Ethnic Groups: Mixed black 85%, Carib Amerindian, white, East Asian.
Religions: Christianity, Jewish.
Languages: Dutch (official) 7% , Papiamento 65%, English widely spoken 16%, Spanish 6%.
Natural resources: Phosphates (on Curacao), Salt (on Bonaire)
Agriculture products: Aloes, sorghum, peanuts, vegetables, tropical fruit.
Industries: Tourism (Curacao, Sint Maarten, and Bonaire), petroleum refining (Curacao), petroleum transshipment facilities (Curacao and Bonaire), light manufacturing (Curacao)
Exports partners: USA 27.3%, Venezuela 13.5%, The Bahamas, 7%, Singapore 4.5%, Honduras 4.5%, Netherlands 4.3%, Guatemala 4.1% (2004)
Imports partners: Venezuela 53.5%, USA 23.2%, Netherlands 5.2% (2004)
Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
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Official Sites of Netherlands AntillesCentrale Overheid van de Nederlandse Antillen
The Government of the Netherlands Antilles (in Dutch)
Overheid van het Eilandgebied Curaçao
Curaçao's government website (in Dutch).
St. Eustatius Government
Official website of the Government of Sint Eustatius
Gouverneur St. Maarten
The official website of the Governor of St. Maarten.
Website for "Antillenhuis", the official representation of the government of the Netherlands Antilles, in the Hague.
Dutch Missions Abroad Abroad
Addresses of Dutch missions by country.
Central Bureau of Statistics Netherlands Antilles
Statistical facts about the Netherlands Antilles.
Map of the Netherlands Antilles
Political map of the Netherlands Antilles.
Google Earth Netherlands Antilles, the ABC islands
Searchable map and satellite view of the southern group, the islands of Bonaire and Curaçao.
Google Earth Netherlands Antilles, the northern group
Searchable map and satellite view of St. Eustatius, St. Marteen, and Saba.
Google Earth Willemstad
Zoomable map/satellite view of Netherlands Antilles' capital.
Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean.
Oldest daily newspaper in the Netherlands Antilles In Dutch, partly English).
Newspaper published on St. Maarten.
Antilles news (in Papiamento)
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Arts & CultureBiblioteka Públiko Kòrsou
Curaçao Public Library Foundation.
Curacao Arts and Culture.
Curaçao event portal.
Business & EconomyTourism, petroleum refining, and offshore finance are the mainstays of the Netherlands Antillean's economy since the 1970s.
Department of Economic & Labour Affairs for the island of Bonaire
Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association
CHATA advances the hospitality and tourism sector of Curaçao.
The Yellowpages Bonaire
Curacao Ports Authority
Princess Juliana International Airport
Destination Netherlands Antilles - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Netherlands Antilles: Bonaire - considered one of the best diving destinations in the world, Curaçao - not only a tasty blue liqueur but unspoiled beaches, underwater caves, and island culture,
St. Eustatius (Statia), St. Maarten, Saba
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, Carnaval, biking, hiking, cruising, diving, tours and much more.
The Netherlands Antilles On-Line
The official web site of the Netherlands Antilles.
Official Tourism Site of the Island Bonaire.
Official Tourism Site of the Island Curaçao.
Curacao Toeristen Bureau Europa
Curaçao travel and tourism information (in Dutch)
Portalsite with comprehensive island information.
St. Eustatius Tourist Office
The Island St. Eustatius or Statia, Dutch Caribbean.
The Island of St. Maarten, Dutch Caribbean.
Saba Tourist Office
The Island of Saba, Dutch Caribbean.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
EducationSt. Maarten department of education
Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antillen
University of the Netherlands Antilles on Curaçao.
Environment & NatureFundashon Pro Monumento
Pro Monument Foundation monitors conditions and changes of the island's monuments and has become known as the watchdog for the protection of monuments.
HistoryHistory of Curaçao
Overview about the history of the island.
Mongui Maduro Stichting
Foundation including a library with a collection of Antilliana and Judaica, books and documents about the Netherlands Antilles and Curaçao's history.
Additional Information on Netherlands AntillesBBC News Country Profile: Netherlands Antilles
Governments on the WWW: Netherlands Antilles
Open Directory Project: Netherlands Antilles
Wikipedia: Netherlands Antilles
The World Factbook -- Netherlands Antilles
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