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  • Location: In the southern part of the Caribbean Sea, in close proximity to the Venezuelan coast. Part of the "ABC" islands in the Netherlands Antilles.
  • Climate and temperature: It is always summer in Curacao. The year's average temperature is about 27°C/80°F. The wet season is from November to January with daily, but brief, showers. There are neither hurricanes nor earthquakes in Curacao.
  • Area: 172 sq mi, length: 40 mi, width: 10 mi.
  • Population: 150.000, from more than 50 nations
  • Capital: Willemstad
  • Flight time: From New York approx. 5 hours. The Curacao International Airport is located 7,5 mi from Willemstad.
  • Languages: Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish, and English.
  • History: Discoverd by the Spanish. Dutch sovereign territory since 1634. Autonomous since 1954. Independent since 2010. First settlers: Arawak people. Abolition of slavery: 1863.
  • Economy: Tourism, oil refinery, and offshore banking.
  • Time zone: Atlantic Standard Time (UTC -4)
  • Electricity: The supply voltage on the island is 110-130 V (50 Hz). Some hotels/apartments offer 220 V power plugs.
  • Religion: Catholic (80%), other religions: Jewish, Protestant, and Muslim.
  • Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder or Florin (Naf or ANG). Exchange rate: $1.00 US = 1,77 Naf. All common credit cards or electronic cash cards (debit cards) are accepted. In most of the stores you can also pay with US dollars.
  • Drinking-water: The desalination plant supplies excellent drinking-water.
  • Crime rate: Compared to other Caribbean travel destinations, Curacao is quite safe. You can move around freely in the streets.
  • Medical care: The medical care is comparable to European standards.