|Location||North America, The Americas, The Caribbean|
|ISO3166-1 Codes||AW, ABW, 5332|
“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
“[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.”
As a territory of the Netherlands I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.
|Compared to The Americas (2020)8|
|Pos.||Lower is better|
|13||Trinidad & Tobago||69.1|
|The Americas Avg||81.7|
|Modernity & Learning (2020)8|
|Pos.||Lower is better|
Technology and Information:
Higher is better9
|The Americas Avg||56.4%|
Higher is better10
|The Americas Avg||3.36|
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 below11:
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%12.
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 possession) 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.