Estimate population 106,120 - Capital: Oranjestad
Beautiful Aruba was a self-governing island of The Netherlands and lies west of Curacao and north of Venezuela. Tourism is welcomed and the country benefits from deepwater harbours for cruise ships which frequent Aruba and its lovely white sandy beaches.
Although the official language is Dutch, a native language is used more so in daily life. It is called Papiamento, which is a interesting mixture of Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, and African origin.