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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: 161,271 (2014E—UN); 147,695 (2014E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Center (2005E): WILLEMSTAD (urban area, 76,000).

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

Monetary Unit: Netherlands Antilles Guilder (official rate October 1, 2014: 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 Curaçao ...

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