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Dutch Speaking Countries In The Caribbean

Dutch Speaking Countries In The Caribbean

Dutch Speaking Countries In The Caribbean

Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire are all Dutch-speaking countries in the Caribbean. These islands were formerly colonies of the Netherlands Antilles and are now autonomous territories of Holland. In this article, we’ll learn about these beautiful places, as well as other islands in the Caribbean that speak Dutch.

Aruba

Flag of Aruba
Flag of Aruba

Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean, located off the coast of Venezuela. Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and has a population of around 100,000 people. The capital city is Oranjestad, which has many historic buildings and monuments that were built during its colonial past. A popular tourist attraction on Aruba is Fort Zoutman, which was built in 1868 as part of efforts to protect against pirates who roamed these waters at that time. In addition to its historical significance, Fort Zoutman also offers panoramic views over Oyster Bay and other areas around Aruba’s capital city.

The island’s economy relies heavily on tourism; approximately 1 million tourists visit every year from around 150 different countries. Many visitors come for its beaches or enjoy nightlife in one of several clubs found throughout Oranjestad or other parts of Aruba (like Eagle Beach).

Curacao

Flag of Curacao
Flag of Curacao

Curacao is an island country off the coast of Venezuela. It has a population of about 100,000, making it one of the smallest countries in Dutch-speaking countries. The capital city is Willemstad and its largest city is also named Willemstad. The official language spoken there is Papiamento; however, Dutch is also widely spoken due to its proximity to Holland and Belgium.

Sint Maarten

Flag of Sint Maarten
Flag of Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten is a French-Dutch island located in the Caribbean. It is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which also consists of Bonaire and Curaçao, two other Dutch-speaking islands in the Caribbean. Sint Maarten is known for its beaches and resorts; it’s one of many popular tourist destinations in this part of the world.

Bonaire

Flag of Bonaire
Flag of Bonaire

Bonaire is a small island located in the Caribbean, which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language of Bonaire is Dutch, but Papiamento—a Creole language spoken on Curaçao and Aruba—is commonly used as well. Bonaire’s economy is driven by tourism; because of its warm climate, it offers many beaches and other attractions for tourists to enjoy year-round.

These islands are Dutch-speaking but are not located in the Netherlands.

The Dutch-speaking islands in the Caribbean are not part of the Netherlands, nor are they located in Europe. They belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and are located in the Caribbean Sea. Although these islands are not technically part of Europe, they do share a history with Europe as a result of their colonial ties with European countries such as France and Britain.

Dutch-speaking islands can be found all over the world including Indonesia, Curaçao and Aruba (partially), but there are also several small ones near Puerto Rico that speak Dutch as well! These smaller ones include Saba and Sint Eustatius (Statia). While Saba is controlled by both Holland and St. Maarten, Statia is governed solely by Holland because it was never colonized by other nations during its history like Saba has been since 1632 when it became under Dutch control due to its strategic location on trade routes between countries like Spain which had colonies nearby during that time period.*

Conclusion

Even though these countries are not officially part of the Netherlands, they have a lot in common with our culture. We hope you enjoyed learning about them and maybe even felt inspired to visit one of these islands yourself! They are beautiful places to explore so don’t forget to pack your swimsuit when going there.

 

List of Dutch-speaking Countries In The Caribbean

# Country Population (2020)
1 Curacao 155,014
2 Aruba 106,766
3 Sint Maarten 40,812
4 Bonaire 20,104

 

Dutch Speaking Countries In The Caribbean
Dutch Speaking Countries In The Caribbean

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