36 Interesting Facts About Aruba

Last updated on November 16th, 2017

Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located in the southern Caribbean Sea.

36 Interesting facts about Aruba

#1. The flag of Aruba, as well as its official anthem, “Aruba Dushi Tera,” were adopted on March 18, 1976.

#2. The island is located 15 miles north of Venezuela.

#3. Alonso de Ojeda became the first European to land on the island in 1499.

Flag of Aruba

Aruba flag
The National flag of Aruba. Image credit – CIA

#4. Before the Europeans took control of the island, it (Aruba) was inhabited by its indigenous population.

#5. Aruba is famous for its white-sand beaches.

#6. The Aruba International Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the world. The festival is internationally renowned.

#7. Aruba was declared a useless island because of its absence of natural resources, including precious metals.

#8. For a period of 108 years between 1816 and 1924, the population of the island increased from a mere 1,732 to 9,021.

#9. The first chapel of Aruba was built in 1750.

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#10. Every year in June, Aruba hosts the Hi-Winds Amateur World Challenge windsurfing tournament. Without a doubt, Aruba is one of the most popular spots on earth for windsurfers.

#11. The island has plenty of baseball lovers, as well. The tiny country has also produced some of the best athletes on the world stage.

#12. People from more than 90 nationalities can be found in Aruba. Thus, you have a good chance of meeting someone from your country if you happen to visit this island nation.

#13. By 1984, tourism took center stage of the Aruban economy, backed by consistent efforts from the government.

#14. The GDP of the country more than doubled between 1987 and 1992 because of the improvements made in the tourism business.

#15. 18 percent of Aruba’s land area lies within Arikok National Park.

Map of Aruba

Map of Aruba
Map of Aruba.

#16. Four countries, including Aruba, form the kingdom of the Netherlands. The other three countries are: Netherlands, Curacao and Saint Maarten.

#17. The nationality of the citizens of Aruba is Dutch, which is also the nationality of the citizens of the other three countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

#18. Foreigners can obtain Dutch nationality by marrying Arubans (marriages for the sake of acquiring nationality are called “fake marriages”).

#19. Fort Zoutman is Aruba’s oldest building. It was built in 1798 to protect Oranjestad from pirates.

#20. The holiday of Carnaval is also an important one in Aruba.

A view of oranjestad - capital of Aruba.
A view of Oranjestad – capital of Aruba. Image credit – Roger W

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