Aruba has a constitutional monarchy (as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) with a parliamentary democracy. The Governor of Aruba is appointed by the Monarch and has a symbolic role. The 21 members of the parliament (legislative branch) are elected by direct popular vote for a four year period. The 8 members of the council of ministers (executive branch) are appointed by the Parliament. The judges in the judicial branch are appointed by the Monarch
Aruba is 6 miles across and 19.6 miles long with a total area of 77 Square miles (180 Square kilometers)
Aruba is part of the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea, and lies about 12 degrees north of the equator, approximately 29km (18 miles) off the Paraguaná Peninsula of Venezuela
(GMT – 04:00 Georgetown, La Paz, Manaus, San Juan) During the months between the Spring Daylight Savings Time change to the Fall Daylight Savings Time change, we are the same time as EST. During the other months, we are one hour ahead of EST.
97.5 % ( 2015 est.)
Average of 82°F (27°C)
Average of 15.7 inches (400mm) per year
Papiamento (official), Dutch, English, Spanish
The Governor of Aruba – Mr. A. Boekhoudt
Ms. E. Wever-Croes
Coalition government POR, MEP & RED
Tourism, petroleum bunkering, hospitality, and financial and business services are the mainstays of the small open Aruban economy.
Tourism accounts for majority of economic activity. As of 2014, over 1.7 million tourists visited Aruba annually, with the large majority of those from the US.
Aruban Florin (AWG) and US$ is widely accepted
AWG 1.80 = US$ 1.00 (more information on exchange rate www.cbaruba.org )
International Airport Queen Beatrix
American Airlines, US Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, Air Canada, Air Transet, Skyservice, Spirit Airlines EUROPE
KLM, ArkeFly, Thomson Holidays CARIBBEAN
Aruba Airlines, Insel Air, LATIN AMERICA
Avianca, Venezolana, SAM Aires, Avior, Aserca, Aires, Copa Airlines, SLM, Varig, PAWA Domincana
|January 1||New Year’s Day|
|January 25||G.F. Betico Croes Day|
|Date varies per year||Carnaval Monday|
|March 18||National Flag and Anthem Day|
|Date varies per year||Good Friday|
|Date varies per year||Easter Monday|
|April 30||Kings day|
|May 1||Labor Day|
|Date varies per year||Ascension Day|
|December 25||Christmas Day|
|December 26||Boxing Day|
110-127 Volt, 60 cycles. (North American voltage standard). The TV standard is NTSC, so your home video camera will also play back. Most houses have 220V for air conditioning
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