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 Dutch Antillean POLITICAL
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Background: Once the center of the Caribbean slave trade, the island of Curacao was hard hit by the abolition of slavery in 1863. Its prosperity (and that of neighboring Aruba) was restored in the early 20th century with the construction of oil refineries to service the newly discovered Venezuelan oil fields. The island of Saint Martin is shared with France; its southern portion is named Sint Maarten and is part of the Netherlands Antilles; its northern portion is called Saint-Martin and is part of Guadeloupe (France).
 
 
Common Name: Netherlands Antilles Local Official Name: Netherlands Antilles
Abbreviated Name: Netherlands Antilles Official Name: Netherlands Antilles
Official Script Name: Local Common Name: Netherlands Antilles
Former Name: Curacao and Dependencies Territory of:
 
Head of State: Queen BEATRIX of the Netherlands
 
Government Type: parliamentary
 
Independence: none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
 
Constitution: 1954 December 29, Statute of the Realm of the Netherlands, as amended
 
National Holiday: Queen's Day, 30 April
 
International Organization Participation: ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU, WCL, WCO, WMO, WToO (associate)
 
Administrative Divisions: none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) note: each island has its own government
 
Dependent Areas: an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairs granted in 1954; Dutch Government responsible for defense and foreign affairs
 
Legal System: based on Dutch civil law system with some English common law influence
 
Suffrage: 18 years
 
Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches: Executive Branches: chief of state: Queen BEATRIX of the Netherlands (since 30 April 1980), represented by Governor General Frits GOEDGEDRAG (since 1 July 2002) head of government: Prime Minister Emily de JONGH-ELHAGE (since 26 March 2006) cabinet: Council of Ministers elected by the Staten (legislature) elections: the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch for a six-year term; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party is usually elected prime minister by the Staten; election last held 27 January 2006 (next to be held by 2007) note: government coalition - PAR, PNP, DP St. Maarten, UP Bonaire, WIPM Saba, DP Statia Legislative branch: unicameral States or Staten (22 seats - Curacao 14, Bonaire 3, St. Maarten 3, St. Eustatius 1, Saba 1; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) elections: last held 27 January 2006 (next to be held in 2010) election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PAR 5, MAN 3, FOL 2, Forsa Korsou 2, National Alliance 2, PNP 2, UPB 2, DP St. E 1, DP St. M 1, BDP 1, WIPM 1 note: the government of Prime Minister Emily de JONGH-ELHAGE is a coalition of several parties Judicial Branches:
 
Party Leaders: Bonaire: Democratic Party of Bonaire or PDB [Jopi ABRAHAM]; Patriotic Union of Bonaire or UPB [Ramonsito BOOI] Curacao: Ban Vota [Norbert GEORGE]; C-93 [Stanley BROWN]; Democratic Party of Curacao or DP [Errol HERNANDEZ]; E Mayoria [Aurelio PEDRO]; Forsa Korsou [Nelson NAVARRO]; Liste Ni'un Paso Atras [Nelson PIERRE]; Movemiento Patriotiko Korsou [Reginald LAK]; New Antilles Movement or MAN [Charles COOPER]; Partido Akshon Pa Prosperidat I Seguridat [Sonja BERKEMEYER]; Partido Laboral Krusada Popular or PLKP [Errol COVA]; Party for the Restructured Antilles or PAR [Emily de JONGH-ELHAGE]; People's National Party or PNP [Ersilia DE LANNOOY]; Pidjin [Jasmin PINEDO]; Pueblo Soberano [Herman WIELS]; Workers' Liberation Front or FOL [Anthony GODETT] Saba: Saba Labor Party [Akilah LEVENSTONE]; Windward Islands People's Movement or WIPM [Ray HASSELL] Sint Eustatius: Democratic Party of Sint Eustatius or DP-St. E [Julian WOODLEY]; Progressive Labor Party [Clyde VAN PUTTEN]; St. Eustatius Alliance [Ingrid HOUTMAN-WHITFIELD] Sint Maarten: Democratic Party of Sint Maarten or DP-St. M [Sarah WESCOTT-WILLIAMS]; Freedom Slate of National Democratic Party [Theophilus PRIEST]; National Alliance or NA [William MARLIN]; People's Progressive Alliance or PPA [Gracita ARRINDELL]; St. Maarten People's Party [Johan LEONARD]; United People's Labor Party [Bienvenido RICHARDSON] note: political parties are indigenous to each island
 
International Disputes:
 
Illicit Drugs: transshipment point for South American drugs bound for the US and Europe; money-laundering center 
 
 
 Dutch Antillean GEOGRAPHY
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Location of Netherlands Antilles: Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea - composed of five islands, Curacao and Bonaire located off the coast of Venezuela, and St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius lie east of the US Virgin Islands
 
Continent: North America Land Area Total: 960 sq km 
Region: Caribbean Land Area Land: 960 sq km
Capitol City: Willemstad Land Area Water: 0 sq km
      
Latitude: 012 15 N Border Boundary Land: 15 km
Longitude: 068 45 W Border Boundary Coastline: 364 km 
  
Arable Land: 10.00 % Pastures: 0.00 %
Crops: 0.00 % Woodlands and Forests: 0.00
  
Highest Elevation: 862 m Location: Mount Scenery
Lowest Elevation: 0 m Location: Caribbean Sea
  
Largest City in Netherlands Antilles: Largest City Population: 0
  
Threatened Species: 0
 
Environmental Issues:
 
Environmental Agreements:
 
Irrigated Land: 0
 
Bordering Countries: Guadeloupe (Saint-Martin)
 
Natural Resources: phosphates (Curacao only), salt (Bonaire only)
 
Geographical Terrain: generally hilly, volcanic interiors
 
Comparative Area of Netherlands Antilles: more than five times the size of Washington, DC
 
Netherlands Antilles's Geography: the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles are divided geographically into the Leeward Islands (northern) group (Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten) and the Windward Islands (southern) group (Bonaire and Curacao)
 

 Dutch Antillean CLIMATE
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General Climate: tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds
 
Natural Hazards: Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt and are rarely threatened; Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October
 
 
 Dutch Antillean ECONOMY
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Economic Overview: Tourism, petroleum refining, and offshore finance are the mainstays of this small economy, which is closely tied to the outside world. Although GDP has declined or grown slightly in each of the past eight years, the islands enjoy a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure compared with other countries in the region. Almost all consumer and capital goods are imported, the US and Mexico being the major suppliers. Poor soils and inadequate water supplies hamper the development of agriculture. Budgetary problems hamper reform of the health and pension systems of an aging population.
 
 
GDP: $2,800,000,000 USD Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder
GDP per Capita: $16,000 USD Currency Code: ANG
GDP Growth Rate: 1.00 %
  
Currency Exchange Rate History: Netherlands Antillean guilders per US dollar - 1.79 (2005), 1.79 (2004), 1.79 (2003), 1.79 (2002), 1.79 (2001)
  
  
GDP of Agriculture: 1.00 % GDP of Industry: 15.00 %
GDP of Services: 84.00 %  
   
Inflation Rate: 2.10 % Population in Poverty: 0.00 %
Unemployment Rate: 17.00 % Tourism: 0.00 visitors each year
   
Consumption by lowest 10%: 0.00 % Budget Revenue in USD: $757,900,000 USD
Consumption by upper 10%: 0.00 % Budget Expenditures in USD: $949,500,000 USD
   
Electricity Production: 1,017,000,000 kWh Electricity Exports: 0 kWh
Electricity Consumption: 945,800,000 kWh Electricity Imports: 0 kWh

Electricity Production by Source:
 
Fossil Fuel Electricity Production: 0.00% Nuclear Electricity Production: 0.00%
Hydro Electricity Production: 0.00% Other Electricity Production: 0.00%
   
Oil Production: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Production: 0 cu m
Oil Consumption: 72,500 barrels per day Natural Gas Consumption: 0 cu m
Oil Exports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Exports: 0 cu m
Oil Imports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Imports: 0 cu m
Proven Oil Reserves: 0 barrels Proven Natural Gas Reserves: 0 cu m
   
External Debt: $2,680,000,000 USD Received in economic aid: $122,500,000 USD
  Donated in economic aid: $0 USD
   
Agricultural Products: aloes, sorghum, peanuts, vegetables, tropical fruit
 
Primary Industries: tourism (Curacao, Sint Maarten, and Bonaire), petroleum refining (Curacao), petroleum transshipment facilities (Curacao and Bonaire), light manufacturing (Curacao)
 
Industrial Growth Rate: 0.00 %
  
  
Import Amount in USD: $4,383,000,000 USD - crude petroleum, food, manufactures
 
Import Partners: Venezuela 52.3%, US 21.4%, Italy 4.9%, Netherlands 4.6%
 
Export Amount in USD: $2,076,000,000 USD - petroleum products
 
Export Partners: US 29.4%, Panama 14.4%, Mexico 8.8%, Haiti 5.6%, Venezuela 4.9%, Bahamas, The 4.5%
 
    
GINI Index: 0.00%
 
Labor Force Number of People: 83,600
 
Labor Force by Occupations: agriculture: 1%, industry: 20%, services: 79%
 
  
 Dutch Antillean COMMUNICATIONS
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Radio Broadcast Stations: 27 Number of People with Radios: 0
Television Broadcast Stations: 3 Number of People with Televisions: 0
Number of People with Mainline Telephones: 81,000 Number of People with Mobile Phones: 200,000
 
Internet Service Providers: 19,204 Internet Users: 2,000
 
Internet Country Code: .an Newspapers: 0
Two Letter Country Code: NT Weights and Measures:
Phone Country Code: 599 Electricity Voltage: 127/220 Volts
  
Telephone Systems: general assessment: generally adequate facilities domestic: extensive interisland microwave radio relay links international: country code - 599; submarine cables - 2; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
 
  
 Dutch Antillean TRANSPORTATION
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Highways: 0 km Railways: 0 km
Gas And Oil Pipelines: 0 km Waterways: 0 km
Airports: 5 Heliports: 0
 
Motor Vehicles: 0 per 1,000 people CO2 Emissions: 0 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  Per capita CO2 emissions: 0.00 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  
Merchant Marines: total: 152 ships (1000 GRT or over) 1,289,462 GRT/1,671,649 DWT by type: barge carrier 3, bulk carrier 13, cargo 68, chemical tanker 3, container 19, liquefied gas 4, passenger 2, passenger/cargo 3, petroleum tanker 2, refrigerated cargo 28, roll on/roll off 4, specialized tanker 3 foreign-owned: 143 (Belgium 4, Cuba 1, Denmark 1, Germany 60, Netherlands 54, Norway 5, Sweden 5, Turkey 9, UK 3, US 1) registered in other countries: 1 (Netherlands 1)
 
Ports and Harbors: Bopec Terminal, Fuik Bay, Kralendijk, Willemstad
 
  
 Dutch Antillean PEOPLE
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Population: 221,736 people type - nationality Birth Rate: 14.78 births per 1,000 people
Population Density: 0.00 people per sq km Death Rate: 6.45 deaths per 1,000 people
Population Growth: 0.79% per year Fertility Rate per Women: 1.99 babies born per woman
 
Population Male 0-14: 27,197 Population Female 0-14: 25,886
Population Male 15-64: 71,622 Population Female 15-64: 77,710
Population Male 65+: 7,925 Population Female 65+: 11,396
 
Population 0-14: 23.60% Literacy Rate: 96.70%
Population 15-64: 67.30% Literacy rate of Males: 96.70%
Population 65+: 8.70% Literacy rate of Females: 96.70%
 
Population that is Male: 52.50 % Population that is Female: 47.50%
Life expectancy at birth in years: 76.03 years Infant mortality rate - baby deaths per 1000 births: 9.76 Babies die per 1,000 births
Life expectancy at birth for Males: 73.76 years Life expectancy at birth for Females: 78.41 years
 
Rate of AIDS/HIV infection: 0.00% Number of people living with AIDS or HIV: 0
Number of people who died of AIDS: 0
   
Disease Risk:
 
Diseases:
 
Net Migration Rate per 1,000 people: -0.40
 
Nationality: Dutch Antillean
 
Ethnic Groups: mixed black 85%, Carib Amerindian, white, East Asian 
 
  
Primary Language: Papiamento
 
Other Languages: Papiamento 65.4% (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect), English 15.9% (widely spoken), Dutch 7.3% (official), Spanish 6.1%, Creole 1.6%, other 1.9%, unspecified 1.8%
 
 
Primary Religion: Roman Catholic
 
Other Religions: Roman Catholic 72%, Pentecostal 4.9%, Protestant 3.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.1%, Methodist 2.9%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.7%, other Christian 4.2%, Jewish 1.3%, other or unspecified 1.2%, none 5.2%
 
  
 Dutch Antillean MILITARY
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Branches: no regular military forces; National Guard, Police Force Note: defense is the responsibility of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 16 years
 
Manpower Available: 111,068 People
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 92,439 People
 
Amount of Manpower Available each Year: 3,377 People per year
 
Expenditures: $0 USD per year
 
Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 0.00
 
 
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