36 Interesting Facts About Aruba

Last updated on August 27th, 2019

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21. The legal drinking age in Aruba is 18 for beer, wine, and spirits.

22. Aruba’s first multi-story resort hotel–the Caribbean Hotel–opened in 1959.

23. Littering laws are quite strict in the island nation. So be careful and do not throw empty bottles of beer or wine on the beaches!

24. Aruba does not have any significant natural sources of fresh water. You can drink Aruba’s tap water without any worries, as it is supplied from a saltwater desalination plant.

25. Today, It is a densely populated country with limited land resources and a huge population.

26. Most Arubans are multilingual, and are able to communicate in English and Spanish, as well.

27. While on the island, dial 911 if you require an ambulance, and 100 for police.

28. The license plate of Aruban cars is adorned with their slogan – ‘One happy Island.’ Aruba still issues new plates every year – possibly because of the value of used plate sales to tourists.

A car's license plate Aruba
A car’s license plate from Aruba. Image credit – Roger W

29. Aruba was a Spanish colony for at least 100 years.

30. The Aruban currency has images of the rattlesnake and the owl.

31. Aruba does not utilize Daylight Saving Time.

32. Aruba sees an average annual temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit).

33. Foreign workers are restricted to three years residency on the island. This immigration law was enforced in 2007 to restrict population growth.

34. Officially, Aruba is not a part of the European Union.

35. Tourism, aloe exports, and petroleum refining dominate the island’s economy.

36. The official currency of Aruba is Aruban florin. However, many businesses operate using U.S. dollars instead of florins because of a large number of American visitors to the island. You can pay in U.S. dollars at hotels and resorts on the island.

Aruba – country at a glance

Capital CityOranjestad
(12°31′N 70°2′W)
Largest CityOranjestad
(12°31′N 70°2′W)
Total area180 sq km
Population119,428 (July 2020 est.)
Official LanguageDutch and Papiamento
DemonymAruban
BordersBordered by the Caribbean sea on all sides. (No land borders)
CurrencyAruban florin (AWG)
Literacy97.8%
Suffrage18 years of age
ReligionCatholicism
Life expectancy at birth77.5 years (2020)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Natural resourcesNEGL; white sandy beaches foster tourism
Terrain flat with a few hills; scant vegetation
Lowest pointCaribbean Sea 0 m
Highest pointCeru Jamanota 188 m
Climatetropical marine; little seasonal temperature variation
Agricultural land11.1%
Birth rate12.1 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Death rate8.7 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Sex ratio0.89 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
Government typeparliamentary democracy (Legislature); part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
MonarchWillem-Alexander
Prime MinisterEvelyn Wever-Croes
National symbolHooiberg (Haystack) Hill
National colorsblue, yellow, red, white
National anthem"Aruba Deshi Tera" (Aruba Precious Country)
Industriestourism, petroleum transshipment facilities, banking
Exports$137.1 million (2017 est.)
live animals and animal products, art and collectibles, machinery and electrical equipment, transport equipment
Imports$1.122 billion (2017 est.)
machinery and electrical equipment, refined oil for bunkering and reexport, chemicals; foodstuffs
GDP - per capita (PPP)$37,500 (2017 est.)
Internet country code.aw
Time ZoneAST (UTC−4)
Calling Code+297
Drives on theRight
Table last updatedMarch 30, 2020