Last updated on September 23rd, 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
#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.
About Aruba’s favorite sports, people, tourism, and economy
#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.
#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.
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