Curacao is a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is the largest out of the six countries in the Netherlands Antilles. Curacao is twice the size of Washington D.C. The geography coordinates for curacao is 12.06° N , 68.55° S. Curacao is outside of the hurricane belt but still gets affected by tropical storms. Curacao has a tropical marine climate. Curacao´s natural resources are calcium phosphates, aloes, sorghum, peanuts, vegetables, and tropical fruits. All of the fresh water there is just distilled seawater.
The capital of Curacao is Willemstad. Curacao has a unicameral Parliament. Curacao´s legal system is based on Dutch civil laws with English common law influence. The government in Curacao is the head of state, dutch minister represented by a governor, but the head of government is the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister currently is Gilmar Pisas. Curacao´s official language is Dutch. Some of the words there sometimes have more than 5 different languages. Curacao is independent in internal affairs but the government of the Netherlands is responsible for defense and foreign relations. Curacao became an independent nation under the kingdom of the Netherlands on October 10, 2010.
Their currency is the Netherlands Antillean Guider or ANG. It can also be called Florin. $10 in the United States is $17.82 in Curacao. $15 in the United States $26.73 in Curacao. $100 in the United States is $178.20 in Curacao. Its economy is very dependent on petroleum refining.
Curacao´s national day is April 30. Curacao´s national colors are blue, yellow, and white. Curacao´s national symbol is the larana; a citrus tree. The title of the national anthem is ¨Himono di Korsou¨.
There are about 160,00(2016 est.) people living in Curacao. There are 65 different nationalities in Curacao. The major ethnicity is mixed with African/Euro and Afro-Caribbean. Even though the official language is Dutch, the language is ony spoken by 8% of the population while Papimentu is spoken by 81.2% .80.1% of Curacao people are Roman Catholic. Curacao is home to the oldest Sephardic-Jewish synagogue that people still use in the Western Hemisphere. The median age for a woman is 39.8 years. The median age for a man is 33.3 years. Most of Curacao´s major festivals are of religious nature.
Curacao is well known for its exotic marine life but there are only eleven native mammal species and rarely any large native mammals. Goats, horses, and cattle were imported by Spanish rulers. There are about 168 bird species recorded in Curacao. Eating Iguanas is very popular in Curacao because it´s covered by them.
Curacao wildlife is protected in the Christoffel National Park.
Curacao was inhabited by the Caíquetío, a coastal tribe of Arawak Indians.Curacao was first founded by Alonso de Odeja in 1499. Curacao was founded by the Spanish, but in 1634 it was conquered by Dutch after defeating the Spainyards. After 1648, Curacao became an importanat base for smuggling, privateering, and the slave trade. People say that how it received its name, from the Portuguese word heart because it was heart of all trade. Eventually though, the British conquered the Dutch twice for in Curacao in 1800-1803 and 1807-1815. Luckily, the Dutch redeemed its island back.
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