Land Curacao, formerly one of the five islands of the now disbanded Netherlands Antilles, is located in the Caribbean Sea
of the North American Continent, with a population of 145,834, making it the 188th largest national population. Its capital
and largest city is Willemstad, with a total population of 140,000. The country encompasses 444 square kilometers making
it the 200th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with the Caribbean Sea.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is recognized as the Chief of State and, along with Heir Apparent Prince Willem-
Alexander, achieves that status through heredity and holds that position for life or abdication. She is represented by Acting
Governor Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede. Prime Minister Daniel Hodge is recognized as the Head of Government and achieves
that status following legislative elections when the leader of the majority party is usually elected Prime Minister by the
Staten (the unicameral parliament) and holds that position four years. Its form of government is a parliamentary constituent
country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on the 10 October 2010.
The languages commonly or officially spoken are Papiamento, Dutch, Spanish, English, other and unspecified tongues. It
counts among its major religions Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist, Jehovah's Witnesses,
Jewish, other, unspecified and no faiths. As sources of mass communication it has 8 AM, 19 FM and 3 Television stations.
Major geographical features are Mt. Christoffel, its highest point at 372 meters and Caribbean Sea, its lowest point at 0
meters. Its principal waterway is Caribbean Sea, which measures 364 kilometers of coastline.
Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are tourism, petroleum refining, petroleum
transshipment facilities, light manufacturing and agriculture. Its official currency is Netherlands Antillean Guilder
Here’s something you may not know about Curacao. A synagogue founded on the island in 1651, it is the oldest in the
Western Hemisphere in continuous use.
|Wreck of the Coopers
Barge off Curacao
Updated 29 January 2013
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People Living with HIV/AIDS:
Curacao's highest point
|Carni Stoba- Goat
Stew, a traditional dish
|Gran Marcha Carnival
|Willemstad- the capital
and largest city of
|Klein Curacao- the
southernmost point of
|Westpunt Beach on
westernmost point of
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|Surfer at Boca Playa
Canoa on the
Curacao's lowest point
|Fort Amsterdam in
|Blow hole at
|Lighthouse at Punt
easternmost point of