|Currency||Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)|
|Area||193 sq km|
|Population||71,891 (July 2006 est.)|
|Language||Dutch (official), Papiamento (a creole of Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch origin), English (widely spoken), Spanish|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 82%, Protestant 8%, Hindu, Muslim, Confucian, Jewish|
|Electricity||120V/60Hz (North American plug)|
|Time Zone||UTC -4|
Aruba is a Caribbean island 15 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. The island is an autonomous dependency of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is 30 kilometers (19.6 miles) long and 9 kilometers (6 miles) across, at its widest point, with an area of approximately 70 square miles (184 square kilometers). This flat, riverless island is renowned for its white sand beaches. Its tropical climate is moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. The temperature is almost constant at about 27°C (81°F). The yearly rainfall usually does not exceed 20 inches. Aruba layes outside the Caribbean hurricane belt.
Aruba is divided into the northeast and southwest coasts. The southwest has the white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and warm waters. The northeast coast, exposed to the Atlantic, has a few white sand beaches, cacti, rough seas with treacherous currents, and a rocky coastline. The time in Aruba is Atlantic standard time; it is the same as Eastern Daylight Savings time all year round.