Netherlands Antilles


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The Netherlands Antilles in an overseas territory


HFA National Reports:

National Report 2007: Unreported

National Report 2006: Unreported

National Platform:


HFA National Focal Point:

Natural Disasters Coordination Office (STIRANA)

Address: Margrietlan 10, Willemstad, Curacao.

Phone:+599-9-736-7310, Fax:+599-9-7367330. (not in service)

HFA Contact person:

Mr. Ivan Fraites, Deputy Natural Disaster Coordinator

E-mail: (undeliverable)

Other contacts:

Fire Department & Disaster Management Office, Island Territory of St.Maarten

Address: Backstreet 56, Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Phone: +599-542-1215, Fax: +599-542-6526

Contact person(s):

Mr. Winston Salomon, Fire Chief & National Disaster Coordinator. E-mail:

Mr. Paul Martens, Policy Advisor, Disaster Management. E-mail:

Country profile:

Official Name: Conventional long form: none. Conventional short form: Netherlands Antilles. Local long form: none. Local short form: Nederlandse Antillean. Former: Curacao and Dependencies
Capital Willemstad (on Curacao).

Independence day: none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands).

Area Total: 102 sq km (land: 102 sq km and water: 0 sq km)
Population: density 223,652 (July 2007 est.)
Ethnic Groups: mixed black 85%, other 15% (includes Carib Amerindian, white, East Asian)
Religion: Roman Catholic 72%, Pentecostal 4.9%, Protestant 3.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.1%, Methodist 2.9%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.7%, other Christian 4.2%, Jewish 1.3%, other or unspecified 1.2%, none 5.2% (2001 census)
Official Language: Papiamento 65.4% (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect), English 15.9% (widely spoken), Dutch 7.3% (official), Spanish 6.1%, Creole 1.6%, other 1.9%, unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)
Government: Parliamentary.

Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)

Climate: Tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds

Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea - composed of five islands, Curacao and Bonaire located off the coast of Venezuela, and Sint Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius lie east of the US Virgin Islands.

The five islands of the Netherlands Antilles are divided geographically into the Leeward Islands (northern) group (Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten) and the Windward Islands (southern) group (Bonaire and Curacao); the island of Saint Martin is the smallest landmass in the World shared by two independent states, the French territory of Saint Martin and the Dutch territory of Sint Maarten.

"The Netherland Antilles have no major administrative divisions, although each island has its own local government.

The two island groups of which the Netherlands Antilles consists are:

• The "Leeward Islands" (Benedenwindse Eilanden), part of the Leeward Antilles island chain off the Venezuelan coast (along with Aruba):

o Bonaire, including an islet called Klein Bonaire ("Little Bonaire")

o Curaçao, including an islet called Klein Curaçao ("Little Curaçao")

• The "Windward Islands" (Bovenwindse Eilanden) east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. These are part of what are in English called the Leeward

Islands, but in e.g. French, Spanish, German, Dutch and the English spoken locally these are considered part of the Windward Islands:

o Saba

o Saint Eustatius

o Saint Maarten, the southern half of the island Saint Martin (the northern half, Saint-Martin, is French and former part of the overseas department of Guadeloupe)."

Once the center of the Caribbean slave trade, the island of Curacao was hard hit by the abolition of slavery in 1863. Its prosperity (and that of neighboring Aruba) was restored in the early 20th century with the construction of oil refineries to service the newly discovered Venezuelan oil fields. The island of Saint Martin is shared with France; its southern portion is named Saint Maarten and is part of the Netherlands Antilles; its northern portion, called Saint Martin, is an overseas collectivity of France. Natural Hazards:

Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt and are rarely threatened; Saint Maarten, Saba, and Saint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October The island is entirely volcanic in origin and comprised of three major volcanic centers of differing ages.

An autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairs granted in 1954; Dutch Government responsible for defense and foreign affairs.

Source – Wikipedia/ CIA Fact book


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