1. The flag of Aruba, as well as its official anthem, “Aruba Dushi Tera,” were adopted on March 18, 1976.
2. The island is located 15 miles north of Venezuela.
3. Aruba was declared a useless island because of its absence of natural resources, including precious metals.
4. For a period of 108 years between 1816 and 1924, the population of the island increased from a mere 1,732 to 9,021.
5. 18 percent of Aruba’s land area lies within Arikok National Park.
6. Four countries, including Aruba, from the kingdom of the Netherlands. The other three countries are Netherlands, Curacao and Saint Maarten.
7. Aruba does not have any significant natural sources of fresh water. You can drink Aruba’s tap water without any worries, as it is supplied from a saltwater desalination plant.
8. The license plate of Aruban cars is adorned with their slogan – ‘One happy Island.’ Aruba still issues new plates every year – possibly because of the value of used plate sales to tourists.
9. The Aruban currency has images of the rattlesnake and the owl.
10. Aruba sees an average annual temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit).
11. Tourism, aloe exports, and petroleum refining dominate the island’s economy.
12. The official currency of Aruba is Aruban florin. However, many businesses operate using U.S. dollars instead of florins because of a large number of American visitors to the island. You can pay in U.S. dollars at hotels and resorts on the island.
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