Netherlands Antilles Background Information

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 Sint Maarten and is part of the Netherlands Antilles; its northern portion, called Saint Martin, is an overseas collectivity of France.

Netherlands Antilles Quickstats

  • Population: 223,652 (July 2007 est.)
  • Area: 960 sq km
  • Density: 229 /km² (51st)
  • GDP (total): $ 2.45 billion (180th)
  • GDP (per capita): $ 11,400 (2003 est.) (79th)
  • Literacy: 96.7%

Languages of Netherlands Antilles

Useful to know

  • Currency: Netherlands Antillean gulden (ANG)
  • Dial code: +599

International Trade

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Netherlands Antilles Internet

  • Usage: 2,000
  • Penetration: 1.1 %
  • Top Domain: .nt

WT eBusiness info:

  • Success Ranking: 100
  • Market testing: Untested
  • Overall risk: High
  • Overall reward: Low


  • Tourism: 10%
  • eCommerce: 10%
  • Gaming: 10%
  • eLearning: 10%

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