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Aruba Country Profile
A tourist magnet and a fuel exporter, Aruba is an autonomous territory of the Netherlands. It lies off South America's Caribbean coast. Away from the beaches, hotels and casinos, much of the island is desert-like. A strong indigenous heritage, colonisation and Latin America's influence have given it a distinctive social and linguistic character.
Status: Autonomous member of the Netherlands. Dutch government is responsible for defence and foreign affairs.
Population: 100,500 (via UN, 2006)
Area: 75 sq miles (193 sq km)
Major languages: Dutch (official), Papiamento
Major religions: Christianity
Life expectancy: n/a
Monetary unit: 1 Aruban guilder = 100 cents
Main exports: Oil products, animals
GNI per capita: n/a
Internet domain: .aw
International dialling code: +297
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