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 for Aruba
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Aruba
      n 1: a popular island resort in the Netherlands Antilles

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Aruba
  
     Introduction Aruba
     ------------------
                              Background: 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.
    
     Geography Aruba
     ---------------
                                Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean
                                          Sea, north of Venezuela
                  Geographic coordinates: 12 30 N, 69 58 W
                          Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
                                    Area: total: 193 sq km
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 193 sq km
                      Area - comparative: slightly larger than Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 68.5 km
                         Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: tropical marine; little seasonal
                                          temperature variation
                                 Terrain: flat with a few hills; scant
                                          vegetation
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
                                          highest point: Mount Jamanota 188 m
                       Natural resources: NEGL; white sandy beaches
                                Land use: arable land: 10.53% (including aloe
                                          0.01%)
                                          permanent crops: 0%
                                          other: 89.47% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 0.01 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: lies outside the Caribbean hurricane
                                          belt
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: a flat, riverless island renowned
                                          for its white sand beaches; its
                                          tropical climate is moderated by
                                          constant trade winds from the
                                          Atlantic Ocean; the temperature is
                                          almost constant at about 27 degrees
                                          Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit)
    
     People Aruba
     ------------
                              Population: 70,441 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 21% (male 7,635; female
                                          7,169)
                                          15-64 years: 68.4% (male 23,270;
                                          female 24,906)
                                          65 years and over: 10.6% (male
                                          3,081; female 4,380) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 0.59% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 12.22 births/1,000 population (2002
                                          est.)
                              Death rate: 6.29 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                                          est.)
                      Net migration rate: NEGL migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.07 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 0.93 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.7 male(s)/
                                          female
                                          total population: 0.93 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 6.26 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                                          est.)
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 78.67 years
                                          female: 82.19 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 75.32 years
                    Total fertility rate: 1.8 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                                    AIDS:
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: Aruban(s)
                                          adjective: Aruban; Dutch
                           Ethnic groups: mixed white/Caribbean Amerindian 80%
                               Religions: Roman Catholic 82%, Protestant 8%,
                                          Hindu, Muslim, Confucian, Jewish
                               Languages: Dutch (official), Papiamento (a
                                          Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English
                                          dialect), English (widely spoken),
                                          Spanish
                                Literacy: definition: NA
                                          total population: 97%
                                          male: NA%
                                          female: NA%
    
     Government Aruba
     ----------------
                            Country name: conventional long form: none
                                          conventional short form: Aruba
                       Dependency status: part of the Kingdom of the
                                          Netherlands; full autonomy in
                                          internal affairs obtained in 1986
                                          upon separation from the Netherlands
                                          Antilles; Dutch Government
                                          responsible for defense and foreign
                                          affairs
                         Government type: parliamentary democracy
                                 Capital: Oranjestad
                Administrative divisions: none (part of the Kingdom of the
                                          Netherlands)
                            Independence: none (part of the Kingdom of the
                                          Netherlands)
                        National holiday: Flag Day, 18 March
                            Constitution: 1 January 1986
                            Legal system: based on Dutch civil law system,
                                          with some English common law
                                          influence
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: Queen BEATRIX of the
                                          Netherlands (since 30 April 1980),
                                          represented by Governor General
                                          Olindo KOOLMAN (since 1 January
                                          1992)
                                          head of government: Prime Minister
                                          Nelson O. ODUBER (since 30 October
                                          2001); deputy prime minister NA
                                          cabinet: Council of Ministers
                                          (elected by the Staten)
                                          election results: Nelson O. ODUBER
                                          elected prime minister; percent of
                                          legislative vote - NA%
                                          elections: the monarch is
                                          hereditary; governor general
                                          appointed for a six-year term by the
                                          monarch; prime minister and deputy
                                          prime minister elected by the Staten
                                          for four-year terms; election last
                                          held 28 September 2001 (next to be
                                          held by December 2005)
                      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislature or Staten (21
                                          seats; members elected by direct,
                                          popular vote to serve four-year
                                          terms)
                                          election results: percent of vote by
                                          party - MEP 52.4%, AVP 26.7%, PPA
                                          9.6%, OLA 5.7%, Aliansa 3.5%, other
                                          2.1%; seats by party - MEP 12, AVP
                                          6, PPA 2, OLA 1
                                          elections: last held 28 September
                                          2001 (next to be held by NA 2005)
                         Judicial branch: Joint High Court of Justice (judges
                                          are appointed by the monarch)
           Political parties and leaders: Aruba Solidarity Movement or MAS
                                          [leader NA]; Aruban Democratic
                                          Alliance or Aliansa [leader NA];
                                          Aruban Democratic Party or PDA [Leo
                                          BERLINSKI]; Aruban Liberal Party or
                                          OLA [Glenbert CROES]; Aruban
                                          Patriotic Party or PPA [Benny
                                          NISBET]; Aruban People's Party or
                                          AVP [Tico CROES]; Concentration for
                                          the Liberation of Aruba or CLA
                                          [leader NA]; People's Electoral
                                          Movement Party or MEP [Nelson O.
                                          ODUBER]; For a Restructured Aruba
                                          Now or PARA [leader NA]; National
                                          Democratic Action or ADN [Pedro
                                          Charro KELLY]
            Political pressure groups and NA
                                 leaders:
               International organization Caricom (observer), ECLAC
                           participation: (associate), Interpol, IOC, UNESCO
                                          (associate), WCL, WToO (associate)
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (represented by the Kingdom of
                                          the Netherlands)
       Diplomatic representation from the chief of mission: Consul General
                                      US: Barbara J. STEPHENSON
                                          embassy: J. B. Gorsiraweg #1,
                                          Curacao
                                          mailing address: P. O. Box 158,
                                          Willemstad, Curacao
                                          telephone: [599] (9) 461-3066
                                          FAX: [599] (9) 461-6489
                        Flag description: blue, with two narrow, horizontal,
                                          yellow stripes across the lower
                                          portion and a red, four-pointed star
                                          outlined in white in the upper
                                          hoist-side corner
    
     Economy Aruba
     -------------
                      Economy - overview: Tourism is the mainstay of the
                                          small, open Aruban economy, with
                                          offshore banking and oil refining
                                          and storage also important. The
                                          rapid growth of the tourism sector
                                          over the last decade has resulted in
                                          a substantial expansion of other
                                          activities. Construction has boomed,
                                          with hotel capacity five times the
                                          1985 level. In addition, the
                                          reopening of the country's oil
                                          refinery in 1993, a major source of
                                          employment and foreign exchange
                                          earnings, has further spurred
                                          growth. Aruba's small labor force
                                          and low unemployment rate have led
                                          to a large number of unfilled job
                                          vacancies, despite sharp rises in
                                          wage rates in recent years. The
                                          government's goal of balancing the
                                          budget within two years will hamper
                                          expenditures, as will the decline in
                                          stopover tourist arrivals following
                                          the 11 September terrorist attacks.
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $1.94
                                          billion (2000 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: 2.5% (2000)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $28,000
                                          (2000 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: NA%
                                          industry: NA%
                                          services: NA%
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): 4% (2000)
                             Labor force: 41,501 (1997 est.)
             Labor force - by occupation: most employment is in wholesale and
                                          retail trade and repair, followed by
                                          hotels and restaurants; oil refining
                       Unemployment rate: 0.6% (1999 est.)
                                  Budget: revenues: $135.81 million
                                          expenditures: $147 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $NA (2000)
                              Industries: tourism, transshipment facilities,
                                          oil refining
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: 450 million kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
                                          hydro: 0%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 418.5 million kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: aloes; livestock; fish
                                 Exports: $2.58 billion (including oil
                                          reexports) (f.o.b., 2000)
                   Exports - commodities: live animals and animal products,
                                          art and collectibles, machinery and
                                          electrical equipment, transport
                                          equipment
                      Exports - partners: US 42%, Colombia 20%, Netherlands
                                          12% (1999)
                                 Imports: $2.61 billion (f.o.b., 2000)
                   Imports - commodities: machinery and electrical equipment,
                                          crude oil for refining and reexport,
                                          chemicals; foodstuffs
                      Imports - partners: US 63%, Netherlands 11%, Netherlands
                                          Antilles 3%, Japan (1999)
                         Debt - external: $285 million (1996)
                Economic aid - recipient: $26 million (1995); note - the
                                          Netherlands provided a $127 million
                                          aid package to Aruba and Suriname in
                                          1996
                                Currency: Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)
                           Currency code: AWG
                          Exchange rates: Aruban guilders/florins per US
                                          dollar - 1.7900 (fixed rate since
                                          1986)
                             Fiscal year: calendar year
    
     Communications Aruba
     --------------------
          Telephones - main lines in use: 33,000 (1997)
            Telephones - mobile cellular: 3,402 (1997)
                        Telephone system: general assessment: NA
                                          domestic: more than adequate
                                          international: 1 submarine cable to
                                          Sint Maarten (Netherlands Antilles);
                                          extensive interisland microwave
                                          radio relay links
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 4, FM 6, shortwave 0 (1998)
                                  Radios: 50,000 (1997)
           Television broadcast stations: 1 (1997)
                             Televisions: 20,000 (1997)
                   Internet country code: .aw
       Internet Service Providers (ISPs): NA
                          Internet users: 4,000 (2000)
    
     Transportation Aruba
     --------------------
                                Railways: 0 km
                                Highways: total: 800 km
                                          paved: 513 km
                                          note: most coastal roads are paved,
                                          while unpaved roads serve large
                                          tracts of the interior (1995)
                                          unpaved: 287 km
                               Waterways: none
                       Ports and harbors: Barcadera, Oranjestad, Sint Nicolaas
                         Merchant marine: includes a foreign-owned ship
                                          registered here as a flag of
                                          convenience: Monaco 1 (2002 est.)
                                Airports: 1 (2001)
           Airports - with paved runways: total: 1
                                          2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 (2001)
    
     Military Aruba
     --------------
                       Military branches: no regular indigenous military
                                          forces; Royal Dutch Navy and
                                          Marines, Coast Guard
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the
                                          Kingdom of the Netherlands
    
     Transnational Issues Aruba
     --------------------------
                 Disputes - international: none
                            Illicit drugs: drug-money-laundering center and
                                           transit point for narcotics bound
                                           for the US and Europe
    
                                         
  
  

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