Aruba Fun Facts
August 7, 2010
Here are some fun facts about the Caribbean island of Aruba
Capital City: Oranjestad
Size: An area of 70 square miles.
Climate: Year-round average temperature of 82° Fahrenheit and low humidity located on the outside fringes of the hurricane belt.
Flora and Fauna: Aruba’s semi-arid environs support a variety of vegetation including watapana (divi-divi) trees, kwihi (mesquite), druif (sea grapes) and several species of cacti. Aruba is home to diverse birdlife, including the “shoco,” a burrowing owl unique to Aruba, and various species of lizards. Its waters are populated by varied marine life, including several species of coral, tropical fish and sea turtles.
Population: 106,698 people of 96 distinct nationalities, with individuals settling in Aruba from South America, North America, Europe and Asia, further adding to the mix of native Arubans who claim Dutch, African, Spanish and Caquetio Indian ancestry.
Government: Claiming its autonomy from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986, Aruba is now a separate entity (Status Aparte) within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Government consists of a Governor (appointed by the Queen) and 21-member of Parliament, including a Council of Ministers.
Languages: Official languages – Papiamento & Dutch (English and Spanish are also widely spoken and understood).
Currency: Aruban Florin (AWG also referred to as Guilder) U.S.$ 1 = AFl. 1.80 U.S. dollars widely accepted. Atlantic Standard Time (same as Eastern Daylight Savings Time)