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  • Country of Curaçao
    Land Curaçao (Dutch)

    Pais Kòrsou (Papiamento)

    Political Status: Former Dutch dependency; from 1948 a component of the Netherlands Antilles, which became autonomous in internal affairs, under charter of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, effective December 29, 1954; achieved separate autonomous status in internal affairs upon dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on October 10, 2010.

    Area: 171 sq. mi. (444 sq. km).

    Population: 162,000 (2018E—World Bank); 150,241 (2018E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Center (2015E—UN): WILLEMSTAD (145,000, urban area).

    Official Languages: Dutch, English, and Papiamento (an Antillean hybrid, principally of Portuguese and Spanish).

    Monetary Unit: Netherlands Antilles Guilder (official rate October 19, 2018: 1.79 guilders = $1US). The guilder is pegged to the U.S. dollar. A new Caribbean guilder, likewise pegged to the dollar, was to be introduced jointly by St. Maarten and ...

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