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 for Netherlands Antilles
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Netherlands Antilles
      n 1: a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles just to the north
           of Venezuela that are administered by The Netherlands

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Netherlands Antilles
     Introduction Netherlands Antilles
                              Background: Once the center of the Caribbean
                                          slave trade, the island of Curacao
                                          was hard hit by the abolition of
                                          slavery in 1863. Its prosperity (and
                                          that of neighboring Aruba) was
                                          restored in the early 20th century
                                          with the construction of oil
                                          refineries to service the newly
                                          discovered Venezuelan oil fields.
                                          The island of Saint Martin is shared
                                          with France; its northern portion is
                                          named Saint-Martin and is part of
                                          Guadeloupe, and its southern portion
                                          is named Sint Maarten and is part of
                                          the Netherlands Antilles.
     Geography Netherlands Antilles
                                Location: Caribbean, two island groups in the
                                          Caribbean Sea - one includes Curacao
                                          and Bonaire north of Venezuela; the
                                          other is east of the Virgin Islands
                  Geographic coordinates: 12 15 N, 68 45 W
                          Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
                                    Area: total: 960 sq km
                                          note: includes Bonaire, Curacao,
                                          Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint
                                          Maarten (Dutch part of the island of
                                          Saint Martin)
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 960 sq km
                      Area - comparative: more than five times the size of
                                          Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: total: 10.2 km
                                          border countries: Guadeloupe (Saint
                                          Martin) 10.2 km
                               Coastline: 364 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive fishing zone: 12 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: tropical; ameliorated by northeast
                                          trade winds
                                 Terrain: generally hilly, volcanic interiors
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
                                          highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m
                       Natural resources: phosphates (Curacao only), salt
                                          (Bonaire only)
                                Land use: arable land: 10%
                                          permanent crops: 0%
                                          other: 90% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: NA sq km
                         Natural hazards: Curacao and Bonaire are south of
                                          Caribbean hurricane belt and are
                                          rarely threatened; Sint Maarten,
                                          Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject
                                          to hurricanes from July to October
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: the five islands of the Netherlands
                                          Antilles are divided geographically
                                          into the Leeward Islands (northern)
                                          group (Saba, Sint Eustatius, and
                                          Sint Maarten) and the Windward
                                          Islands (southern) group (Bonaire
                                          and Curacao)
     People Netherlands Antilles
                              Population: 214,258 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 25% (male 27,351; female
                                          15-64 years: 67.1% (male 68,431;
                                          female 75,312)
                                          65 years and over: 7.9% (male 7,049;
                                          female 9,980) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 0.93% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 16.16 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 6.4 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                      Net migration rate: -0.42 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 0.91 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.71 male(s)/
                                          total population: 0.92 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 11.06 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 75.15 years
                                          female: 77.46 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 72.96 years
                    Total fertility rate: 2.06 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: Dutch Antillean(s)
                                          adjective: Dutch Antillean
                           Ethnic groups: mixed black 85%, Carib Amerindian,
                                          white, East Asian
                               Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish,
                                          Seventh-Day Adventist
                               Languages: Dutch (official), Papiamento (a
                                          dialect) predominates, English
                                          widely spoken, Spanish
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          total population: 98%
                                          male: 98%
                                          female: 99% (1981 est.)
     Government Netherlands Antilles
                            Country name: conventional long form: none
                                          conventional short form: Netherlands
                                          local long form: none
                                          former: Curacao and Dependencies
                                          local short form: Nederlandse
                       Dependency status: part of the Kingdom of the
                                          Netherlands; full autonomy in
                                          internal affairs granted in 1954;
                                          Dutch Government responsible for
                                          defense and foreign affairs
                         Government type: parliamentary
                                 Capital: Willemstad
                Administrative divisions: none (part of the Kingdom of the
                                          note: each island has its own
                            Independence: none (part of the Kingdom of the
                        National holiday: Queen's Day (Birthday of Queen-
                                          Mother JULIANA in 1909 and accession
                                          to the throne of her oldest daughter
                                          BEATRIX in 1980), 30 April
                            Constitution: 29 December 1954, Statute of the
                                          Realm of the Netherlands, as amended
                            Legal system: based on Dutch civil law system,
                                          with some English common law
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: Queen BEATRIX of the
                                          Netherlands (since 30 April 1980),
                                          represented by Governor General
                                          Jaime SALEH (since NA October 1989)
                                          head of government: Prime Minister
                                          Miguel POURIER (since 8 November
                                          1999); Deputy Prime Minister Susanne
                                          CAMELIA-ROMER (since NA)
                                          cabinet: Council of Ministers
                                          elected by the Staten
                                          note: government coalition - PDB,
                                          DP-St. M, FOL, PLKP, PNP
                                          elections: the monarch is
                                          hereditary; governor general
                                          appointed by the monarch for a six-
                                          year term; following legislative
                                          elections, the leader of the
                                          majority party is usually elected
                                          prime minister by the Staten;
                                          election last held 18 January 2002
                                          (next to be held by NA 2006)
                                          note: Miguel POURIER became prime
                                          minister following the resignation
                                          of Susanne CAMELIA-ROMER
                      Legislative branch: unicameral States or Staten (22
                                          seats; members are elected by
                                          popular vote to serve four-year
                                          note: the government of Prime
                                          Minister Miguel POURIER is a
                                          coalition of several parties;
                                          current seats by party - PAR 4, PNP
                                          3, FOL 2, MAN 2, UPB 2, DP-St. M 2,
                                          PDB 1, SEA 1, WIPM 1, other 4
                                          elections: last held 18 January 2002
                                          (next to be held NA 2006)
                                          election results: percent of vote by
                                          party - NA%; seats by party - FOL 5,
                                          PAR 4, PNP 3, PLKP 2, DP-St.M 2, UPB
                                          2, DP 1, MAN 1, PDB 1, WIPM 1
                         Judicial branch: Joint High Court of Justice (judges
                                          appointed by the monarch)
           Political parties and leaders: Antillean Restructuring Party or PAR
                                          [Miguel POURIER]; C 93 [Stanley
                                          BROWN]; Democratic Party of Bonaire
                                          or PDB [Jopi ABRAHAM]; Democratic
                                          Party of Curacao or DP [Errol
                                          HERNANDEZ]; Democratic Party of Sint
                                          Eustatius or DP-St. E [Julian
                                          WOODLEY]; Democratic Party of Sint
                                          Maarten or DP-St. M [Sarah WESCOTT-
                                          WILLIAMS]; Foundation Energetic
                                          Management Anti-Narcotics or FAME
                                          [Eric LODEWIJKS]; Labor Party
                                          People's Crusade or PLKP [Errol
                                          COVA]; National People's Party or
                                          PNP [Susanne F. C. CAMELIA-ROMER];
                                          New Antilles Movement or MAN
                                          [Kenneth GIJSBERTHA]; Patriotic
                                          Union of Bonaire or UPB [Ramon
                                          BOOI]; Patriotic Movement of Sint
                                          Maarten or SPA [Vance JAMES, Jr.];
                                          People's Party or PAPU [Richard
                                          Hodi]; Pro Curacao Party or PPK
                                          [Winston LOURENS]; Saba Democratic
                                          Labor Movement [Steve HASSELL]; Saba
                                          Unity Party [Carmen SIMMONDS]; St.
                                          Eustatius Alliance or SEA [Kenneth
                                          VAN PUTTEN]; Serious Alternative
                                          People's Party or Sapp [Julian
                                          ROLLOCKS]; Social Action Cause or
                                          KAS [Benny DEMEI]; Windward Islands
                                          People's Movement or WIPM [Will
                                          JOHNSTON]; Workers' Liberation Front
                                          or FOL [Anthony GODETT, Rignald LAK,
                                          Editha WRIGHT]
                                          note: political parties are
                                          indigenous to each island
            Political pressure groups and NA
               International organization Caricom (observer), CCC, ECLAC
                           participation: (associate), Interpol, IOC, UNESCO
                                          (associate), UPU, WCL, WMO, WToO
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (represented by the Kingdom of
                                          the Netherlands)
       Diplomatic representation from the chief of mission: Consul General
                                      US: Deborah A. BOLTON
                                          consulate(s) general: J. B.
                                          Gorsiraweg #1, Willemstad AN,
                                          mailing address: P. O. Box 158,
                                          Willemstad, Curacao
                                          telephone: [599] (9) 4613066
                                          FAX: [599] (9) 4616489
                        Flag description: white, with a horizontal blue stripe
                                          in the center superimposed on a
                                          vertical red band, also centered;
                                          five white, five-pointed stars are
                                          arranged in an oval pattern in the
                                          center of the blue band; the five
                                          stars represent the five main
                                          islands of Bonaire, Curacao, Saba,
                                          Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten
     Economy Netherlands Antilles
                      Economy - overview: Tourism, petroleum refining, and
                                          offshore finance are the mainstays
                                          of this small economy, which is
                                          closely tied to the outside world.
                                          Although GDP has declined in each of
                                          the past five years, the islands
                                          enjoy a high per capita income and a
                                          well-developed infrastructure
                                          compared with other countries in the
                                          region. Almost all consumer and
                                          capital goods are imported, the US
                                          and Mexico being the major
                                          suppliers. Poor soils and inadequate
                                          water supplies hamper the
                                          development of agriculture.
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $2.4
                                          billion (2000 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: -3.5% (2000 est.)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $11,400
                                          (2000 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 1%
                                          industry: 15%
                                          services: 84% (1996 est.)
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): 5.8% (2000 est.)
                             Labor force: 89,000
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 1%, industry 13%,
                                          services 86% (1994 est.)
                       Unemployment rate: 15% (1998 est.)
                                  Budget: revenues: $710.8 million
                                          expenditures: $741.6 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $NA (1997 est.)
                              Industries: tourism (Curacao, Sint Maarten, and
                                          Bonaire), petroleum refining
                                          (Curacao), petroleum transshipment
                                          facilities (Curacao and Bonaire),
                                          light manufacturing (Curacao)
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: 1.175 billion kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
                                          hydro: 0%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 1.093 billion kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: aloes, sorghum, peanuts, vegetables,
                                          tropical fruit
                                 Exports: $276 million (f.o.b., 2000)
                   Exports - commodities: petroleum products
                      Exports - partners: US 35.9%, Guatemala 9.4%, Venezuela
                                          8.7%, France 5.4%, Singapore 2.8%
                                 Imports: $1.5 billion (f.o.b., 2000)
                   Imports - commodities: crude petroleum, food, manufactures
                      Imports - partners: US 25.8%, Mexico 20.7%, Gabon 6.6%,
                                          Italy 5.8%, Netherlands 5.5% (2000)
                         Debt - external: $1.35 billion (1996)
                Economic aid - recipient: IMF provided $61 million in 2000,
                                          and the Netherlands continued its
                                          support with $40 million
                                Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
                           Currency code: ANG
                          Exchange rates: Netherlands Antillean guilders per
                                          US dollar - 1.790 (fixed rate since
                             Fiscal year: calendar year
     Communications Netherlands Antilles
          Telephones - main lines in use: 76,000 (1995)
            Telephones - mobile cellular: 13,977 (1996)
                        Telephone system: general assessment: generally
                                          adequate facilities
                                          domestic: extensive interisland
                                          microwave radio relay links
                                          international: submarine cables - 2;
                                          satellite earth stations - 2
                                          Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 9, FM 4, shortwave 0 (1998)
                                  Radios: 217,000 (1997)
           Television broadcast stations: 3 (there is also a cable service
                                          which supplies programs received
                                          from various US satellite networks
                                          and two Venezuelan channels) (1997)
                             Televisions: 69,000 (1997)
                   Internet country code: .an
       Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 6
                          Internet users: 2,000 (2000)
     Transportation Netherlands Antilles
                                Railways: 0 km (2002)
                                Highways: total: 600 km
                                          paved: 300 km
                                          unpaved: 300 km (1992)
                               Waterways: none
                       Ports and harbors: Kralendijk, Philipsburg, Willemstad
                         Merchant marine: total: 123 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                          totaling 1,056,362 GRT/1,341,735 DWT
                                          ships by type: bulk 2, cargo 39,
                                          chemical tanker 2, combination ore/
                                          oil 4, container 24, liquefied gas
                                          5, multi-functional large-load
                                          carrier 15, passenger 1,
                                          refrigerated cargo 24, roll on/roll
                                          off 7
                                          note: includes foreign-owned ships
                                          registered here as a flag of
                                          convenience: Belgium 3, Denmark 2,
                                          Germany 43, Monaco 8, Netherlands
                                          52, New Zealand 1, Norway 3, Peru 1,
                                          Spain 1, Sweden 3, United Kingdom 5
                                          (2002 est.)
                                Airports: 5 (2001)
           Airports - with paved runways: total: 5
                                          over 3,047 m: 1
                                          1,524 to 2,437 m: 2
                                          914 to 1,523 m: 1
                                          under 914 m: 1 (2001)
     Military Netherlands Antilles
                       Military branches: no regular indigenous military
                                          forces; Royal Netherlands Navy,
                                          Marine Corps, Royal Netherlands Air
                                          Force, National Guard, Police Force
        Military manpower - military age: 20 years of age (2002 est.)
        Military manpower - availability: males age 15-49: 54,752 (2002 est.)
     Military manpower - fit for military males age 15-49: 30,642 (2002 est.)
             Military manpower - reaching males: 1,610 (2002 est.)
                   military age annually:
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the
                                          Kingdom of the Netherlands
     Transnational Issues Netherlands Antilles
                 Disputes - international: none
                            Illicit drugs: money-laundering center;
                                           transshipment point for South
                                           American drugs bound for the US and

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