The Human Truth Foundation

Aruba

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Aruba
StatusProto Dependency
SovereigntyNetherlands
CapitalOranjestad
Land Area 180km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas, The Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesAW, ABW, 5332
Internet Domain.aw3
CurrencyGuilder (AWG)4
Telephone+2975

1. Overview

#netherlands #spain

Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6

Book Cover[Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao...] these three tiny islands once formed the Netherlands Antilles and are still independent territories within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, so Dutch culture is very much in evidence. East coast Americans fleeing winter make Aruba the most touristed island in the southern Caribbean - not surprising given that it has miles of the best beaches, sociable rum shops, plenty of upmarket package resorts and a compact and cute main town, Oranjestad. Flights between Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are frequent so you can hop between them or choose one and soak up the sun.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)7

As a territory of the Netherlands I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Aruba's Modernity and Learning

#the_internet

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)8
Pos.Higher is better8
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
22Belgium89%
23Czechia88%
24Germany88%
25Aruba88%
26Switzerland87%
27France86%
28S. Korea86%
29Australia85%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)9
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio9
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
155Andorra0.0
156Greenland0.0
157Brunei0.0
158Aruba0.0
159Bahrain0.0
160Palau0.0
161Equatorial Guinea0.0
162Belize0.0
World Avg3.82
q=176.

3. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below10:

Christian91.9%
Muslim0.2%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion1.3%
Jew0.4%
Unaffiliated6%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 80.8%, Protestant 7.8% (Evangelist 4.1%, Methodist 1.2%, other Protestant 2.5%), Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%, Jewish 0.2%, other 5.1%, none or unspecified 4.6%11.

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There isn't much information in the database for Aruba, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.