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Countries of the World: Netherlands Antilles
Resources about Netherlands Antilles including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Netherlands Antilles GDP (2009 est.): $4.04 billion. Real growth rate (2009 est.): 0.7%. GDP per capita (2007 est.): $19,000. Natural resources: Beaches and offshore diving sites. Tourism/services (84% of GDP): Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire. Industry (15% of GDP): Types--petroleum refining (Curaçao), petroleum transshipment facilities (Curaçao and Bonaire), light manufacturing (Curaçao). Agriculture (1% of GDP): Products--aloes, sorghum, peanuts, vegetables, tropical fruit. Trade: Exports ($3.71 billion)--petroleum products. Major markets--U.S. 18.9%, Mexico 13.3%, Panama 11.4%, Singapore 6.9%, Haiti 6.6%, The Bahamas 5.3%. Imports ($15.74 billion)-- machinery and electrical equipment, crude oil (for refining and re-export), chemicals, foodstuffs. Major suppliers-- Venezuela 59.1%, U.S. 17.7%, Brazil 7.1%. Exchange rate (2005): U.S.$1=1.78 ANG (fixed).

Geography of Netherlands Antilles Area: 960 sq. km. (597 sq. mi.); more than five times the size of Washington, DC; five islands divided geographically into the Windward Islands (northern) group (Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten) and the Leeward Islands (southern) group (Bonaire and Curaçao). Cities: Capital--Willemstad (metropolitan). Islands: Curaçao (pop. 141,766) Sint Maarten (40,917), Bonaire (12,877), Sint Eustatius (2,768), Saba (1,601). Terrain: Generally hilly, volcanic interiors. Climate: Tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds.

Government of Netherlands Antilles Type: Parliamentary. Independence: Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Constitution: December 1954, Statute of the Realm of the Netherlands, as amended. Branches: Executive--monarch represented by a governor- general (chief of state), prime minister (head of government), Cabinet. Legislative--unicameral parliament. Judicial--Joint High Court of Justice appointed by the monarch. Subdivisions are by island: Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Curaçao. Suffrage: Universal at 18. Political parties: Bonaire: Democratic Alliance of Bonaire or PDB; Patriotic Union of Bonaire or UPB; Lista di Kambio. Curacao: Democratic Party of Curacao or DP; Lista di Kambio (combined list of MAN, Forsa Korsou and Niun Paso Atras); Party for the Restructured Antilles or PAR; People's National Party or PNP; Pueblo Soberano or Sovereign Party; Workers' Liberation Front or FOL; Movement for Solution for Isla or MSI; Party for Emancipation or PPE. Saba: Saba Labor Party; Windward Islands People's Movement or WIPM. Sint Eustatius: Democratic Party of Sint Eustatius or DP-St. E; Progressive Labor Party. Sint Maarten: Democratic Party of Sint Maarten or DP-St. M; National Alliance or NA; People's Progressive Alliance or PPA. Note--political parties are indigenous to each island.

Map of Netherlands Antilles This Map of Netherlands Antilles shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Willemstad the capital of Netherlands Antilles. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Netherlands Antilles The Official Name of Netherlands Antilles is Netherlands Antilles. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Netherlands Antilles Nationality: Noun and adjective--Dutch. Population (2009): 199,929. Annual population growth rate (2009): 0.73%. Ethnic groups: Mixed black 85%, other 15% (mixed Latin American, white, East Asian). Religions: Roman Catholic (72%), Pentecostal (4.9%), Protestant (3.5%), Seventh-Day Adventist (3.1%), Jehovah’s Witness (1.7%), other Christian (4.2%), Jewish (1.3%), other (1.2%), none (5.2%). Languages: Dutch (official), Papiamento predominates, English is widely spoken, Spanish. Education: Literacy--96.7% Curaçao; 96.3% Netherlands Antilles (2003). Health: Infant mortality rate--6.1 deaths/1,000 live births; 62.6 live births per 1,000 women 15 to 44 years old. Life expectancy--female, 79.9 yrs.; male, 72.8 yrs. Work force (95,000; 2009): Agriculture--1%; industry--15%; services--84%.

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