Monday, September 20, 2010

Netherlands Antilles - Curaçao


One of the three postcards sent by Pieter from Curaçao in Netherlands Antilles.

This is from Wikipedia : Curaçao (pronounced /ˈkjʊərəsaʊ/; Dutch: Curaçao, Papiamentu: Kòrsou) is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. The Island Territory of Curaçao (Dutch: Eilandgebied Curaçao, Papiamentu: Teritorio Insular di Kòrsou), which includes the main island plus the small, uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao ("Little Curaçao"), is one of five island territories of the Netherlands Antilles, and as such, is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its capital is Willemstad.

Curaçao is the largest,coolest, and most populous of the three ABC islands (for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) of the Lesser Antilles, specifically the Leeward Antilles. It has a land area of 444 square kilometers (171 square miles). As of 1 January 2009, it had a population of 141,766.

On 10 October 2010, the Netherlands Antilles will be dissolved and Curaçao will become an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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