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Aruba that are interesting to know. Also, check out our
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Location: Aruba is 19.6
miles long and 6 miles across and totaling 77 square miles or
193 square kilometers.
Aruba is located 12° 30' North Latitude; 70° West Latitude;
19 miles or 31 km north of the Venezuelan coast.
The Aruban climate has a little
variation from yearly average of a sunny 81°F or 27°C tempered
by northeasterly trade winds. Aruba is out of the range of the
Caribbean hurricanes. Visit our
and Wildlife Page
for more information on this subject.
Zone: Atlantic Standard Time year round (equivalent to
Eastern Daylight Savings Time). The difference between the
European Time and Aruba Time is 5 or 6 hours (depending on
Summer-time or Winter-time)
Population: ± 100,000 persons (2002).
Average life expectancy age: male 71.6 years; female 76.8 years.
Death rate: Per 1,000 population 6.0 (world average
9.9) (2002). The birth rate is substantially lower than the
Caribbean average but the extremely low mortality rate
maintains a rate of natural increase.
Language: Official language Dutch, Native language:
Papiamento. English and Spanish are widely spoken by
practically all Arubans.
Judicial Service: The safeguarding of the fundamental
rights and freedoms, legal certainty and proper administration
of the law is under jurisdiction of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands with the cooperation of the Aruban Minister of
Justice. Judges of the Common Court in Aruba are appointed by
the Queen. Appeals may be made to the Supreme Court sitting in
Defense and external affairs: The Kingdom of the
Netherlands is responsible for the defense (the Royal Marine
Camp in Savaneta) and external political and diplomatic
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