Flag of the Week: Aruba

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Eva Hong
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Aruba is an island and a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the southern Caribbean Sea, located about 1,600 kilometers(990 mi) west of the main part of the Lesser Antilles and 29 kilometers (18 mi) north of the coast of Venezuela. It measures 32 kilometers (20 mi) long from its northwestern to its southeastern end and 10 kilometers (6 mi) across at its widest point. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba forms a group referred to as the ABC islands. Collectively, Aruba and the other Dutch islands in the Caribbean are often called the Dutch Caribbean. Its capital is Oranjestad.

The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento. However, while Dutch is the sole language for all administration and legal matters, Papiamento is the predominant language on Aruba. It is a creole language, spoken on Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, that incorporates words from Portuguese, West African languages, Dutch, and Spanish. In recent years, the government of Aruba has shown an increased interest in acknowledging the cultural and historical importance of its native language, which is something worth applauding and serves as an example for many other governments.

Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather. As a result, about three quarters of Aruba’s GNP is earned through tourism, and most tourists are from the United States (predominately from the north-east US), Canada, the Netherlands and South America, mainly Venezuela and Colombia. As someone who is addicted to traveling and always thinking ahead about her travel plans, I am currently considering Aruba as a hot candidate for my spring break destination! Aruba would really be a great place to visit as it is rich in culture, historical treasures, and natural beauty!

Fun fact: It has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world. No matter where you’re from, you can usually encounter someone on the island who speaks your language.

Sources: Wikipedia, Matador Network