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 English and
Spanish are widely spoken and understood,
although the native language, “Papiamento” is
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 facilities.
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 business result.

Revenues on the island are dependant on
remittances from Holland, oil refinery earnings, offshore banking and tourism.