Curaçao means “heart”
and the island was given this name
centuries ago, due to it’s central
location in the Southern Caribbean.
With a length of about 60 km (40 miles)
long and a width which varies from
5 to 14 km (3.5 to 9 miles), it is
not only the biggest island of the
Dutch Caribbean, but with a population
of 130.00 inhabitants it also has
the largest community.
The official language is Dutch, but
Spanish are widely spoken and understood,
although the native language, “Papiamento”
commonly used by the local inhabitants.
The island has a stable political
climate with a parliamentary democracy
based on such under-lying premises
as freedom of association, the right
to form political parties, freedom
of the press and freedom of speech.
Curaçao has been and still
is the main port and trade center
of the Caribbean, for centuries, due
to it’s geographical position
and it’s natural deep
harbor, which is accessible for
the biggest ships, with all modern
The international airport “Hato”
is one of the largest airports in
the Caribbean, which boasts a runway
capable of receiving the largest
aircrafts and handles over 1.5 million
passengers a year.
Curaçao offers a modern infrastructure,
which is still improving rapidly,
especially in tele-communications
area as well as e-business and efficient
banking system, which are the main
factors contributing to a progressive
Revenues on the island are dependant
remittances from Holland, oil refinery
earnings, offshore banking and tourism.