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Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast, that forms part of the Dutch Caribbean. The Country of Curaçao which includes the main island and the small, uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao ("Little Curaçao"), is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It has a population of over 150,000 on an area of 444 km2 (171 sq mi) and its capital is Willemstad.

Prior to 10 October 2010, when the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved, Curaçao was administered as the Island Territory of Curaçao (Dutch: Eilandgebied Curaçao, Papiamentu: Teritorio Insular di Kòrsou), one of five island territories of the former Netherlands Antilles.

Curaçao, as well as the rest of the ABC islands and also Trinidad and Tobago, lies on the continental shelf of South America, and is thus geologically considered to lie entirely in South America.

The coastline has bays and inlets.

Facts and Figures

Capital
and largest city         :  Willemstad
                                 https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/WMA_button2b.png/17px-WMA_button2b.png12°7′N 68°56′W

Official languages  :  Dutch

                                  Papiamentu

                                  English

Government           :  Unitary parliamentary representative democracy under                                        constitutional monarchy

 

Autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Established             : 10 October 2010 (dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles) 

 

Area                       : 444 km2

    171.4 sq mi

 

Currency                 : Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)

GDP (PPP)               : 2012 estimate

Total                        : US$3.1 billion (177th)

Per capita               : US$22,619 (46th)



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