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Aruba is a picturesque island nation in the Caribbean. The island covers a total area of 69 sq miles. The estimated population of Aruba is 103,065 (July 2009). In 2007, the GDP per capita for the country was estimated at $23,831, which is one of the highest in the Americas and the Caribbean. Dutch and Papiamento are the official languages of the country. Christianity (Roman Catholicism) is the main religion. People also practice other religions such as Judaism.
The first occupants of Aruba were the Caquetios Indians from the Arawak clan, who moved into the country from Venezuela to evade invasions by the Caribs.
The economy of Aruba has been controlled by five major industries: phosphate mining (The Aruba Phosphaat Maatschappij), gold mining, petroleum refineries (The Arend Petroleum Maatschappij Shell Co.
and The Lago Oil & Transport Company), aloe export, and tourism. It benefits from one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean islands with a small unemployment rate. Its economy is an open economy and tourism generates the biggest share of the country’s revenue. Aruba exports livestock, art objects, and machineries. It imports electrical equipments, crude oil, chemicals, and foodstuffs.
Administrative Regions : Aruba has no administrative subdivisions. It is one of the four constitutional nations that create the Empire of the Netherlands, along with Curaçao, the Netherlands, and Sint Maarten.
Hotels : Paradera Park, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, and Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino are some of the best deluxe hotels in Aruba.
Cities : Oranjestad, Paradera, San Nicolaas, Noord, Santa Cruz and Savaneta are some of the important cities in Aruba. Oranjestad is the national capital.
Travel: The white sandy beaches, lighthouses, famous rocky formations, and wildlife sanctuaries make Aruba a heaven on earth.
Business and Economy : The economy of Aruba is greatly supported by the tourism and oil refinery sectors.
Education : Aruba's academic infrastructure, modeled after the Dutch educational system, supports education for all levels.
Events and Festivals : Caribbean Festival, Bonbini Festival, and One Cool Summer are some of the top festivals in Aruba.