Caribbean Islands

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This is a list of the nations and dependent territories in the Caribbean. These nations and territories are listed according 2050 population size. The nations highlighted in red are numbered among the least developed nations in the world according to the United Nations. Dependent territories are highlighted in green.

1 - Haiti Island

Population: 2000/8,648,000 - 2050/15,485,000
Christian 95.1%, Evangelical 16%
Fertility Rate: 2000/4.0 - 2050/2.07
Median Age: 2000/19.1 - 2050/32.9

2 - Dominican Republic Island

Population: 2000/8,830,000 - 2050/13,441,000
Christian 94.4%, Evangelical 9.1%
Fertility Rate: 2000/2.83 - 2050/1.87
Median Age: 2000/22.6 - 2050/37.5

3 - Cuba Island Population:

Population: 2000/11,087,000 - 2050/9,725,000
Christian 56.5%, Evangelical 8.8%
Fertility Rate: 2000/1.63 - 2050/1.68
Median Age: 2000/34.2 - 2050/51.9

4 - Puerto Rico Island

Population: 2000/3,819,000 - 2050/4,103,000
Christian 95.3%, Evangelical 35.2%
Fertility Rate: 2000/1.84 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/32.1 - 2050/45.5

5 - Jamaica Island

Population: 2000/2,568,000 - 2050/2,683,000 (143 nation in 2050 Population)
Christian 82.9%, Evangelical 28%
Fertility Rate: 2000/2.53 - 2050/1.85 
Median Age: 2000/24.3 - 2050/38.7

6 - Trinidad and Tobago Islands

Population: 2000/1,295,000 - 2050/1,278,000
Christian 65.6%, Evangelical 20.2%
Fertility Rate: 2000/1.6 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/26.9 - 2050/42.8

7 - Guadeloupe Island

Population: 2000/429,000 - 2050/477,000
Christian 94.1%,  Evangelical 4.3%
Fertility Rate: 2000/2.06 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/32.3 - 2050/46.2

8 - Bahamas Islands

Population: 2000/305,000 - 2050/455,000 (173? nation in 2050 Population)
Christian 94.7%, Evangelical 34.2%
Fertility Rate: 2000/2.11 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/26.3 - 2050/41.9

9 - Barbados Island

Population - 2000/252,000 - 2050/237,000
Christian 94.9%, Evangelical 34.2%
Fertility Rate: 2000/1.5  - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/33.3 - 2050/48.6

10 - Saint Lucia Island

Population: 2000/157,000 - 2050/217,000
Christian 95.1%, Evangelical 14.6%
Fertility Rate: 2000/2.1 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/24.3 - 2050/41

11 - Martinique Island

Population: 2000/385,000 - 2050/393,000
Christian 95.8%, Evangelical 6.1%
Fertility Rate: 2000/1.98 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/34 - 2050/48.4

12 - Netherlands Antilles Island

Population: 2000/181,000 - 2050/192,000
Christian 91.6%, Evangelical 7.7%
Fertility Rate: 2000/2.09 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/34.5 - 2050/51.1

13 - Saint Vincent Island

Population: 2000/108,000 - 2050/119,000
Christian 90.1%,  Evangelical 39.1%
Fertility Rate: 2000/2.24 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/24.2 - 2050/39.3

14 - Antiqua and Barbuda Island

Population: 2000/77,000 - 2050/112,000
Christian 92.9%,  Evangelical 19.9%

15 - Aruba Island (Netherlands)

Population: 2000/91,000; 2050/106,000
Christian 92.9%, Evangelical 7.6%
Fertility Rate: 2000/1.82 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/34.4 - 2050/44.4

16 - Grenada Island

Population: 2000/101,000  2050/97,000
Chrisrtian 93.7%, Evangelical 19.6%
Fertility Rate: 2000/2.43 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/21.9 - 2050/41

17 - U.S. Virgin Islands (United States)

Population 2000/109,000 - 2050/75,000
Christian 95%, Evangelical 23.8%
Fertility Rate: 2000/2.23 - 2050/1.85
Median Age: 2000/33.5 - 2050/47.6

18 - Saint Kitts and Nevis Isalnds%,

Population: 2000/46,000 - 2050/69,000
Christian 93%, Evangelical 21.8%

19 - Dominica Island

Population: 2000/68,000 - 2050/66,000
Chrisrtian 91.8%, Evangelical 16.8%

20 - Cayman Islands

Population: 2000/40,000 - 2050/66,000
Christian 77.1%, Evangelical 21.3%

21 - Turks and Caicos Islands

Population: 2000/19,000 - 2050/40,000
Christian 90.4%, Evangelical 9.7%

22 - British Virgin Islands

Population: 2000/21,000 - 2050/28,000
Christian 84.9%, Evangelical 27.3%

23 - Anquilla Island

Population: 2000/11,000 - 2050/20,000
Christian 90%, Evangelical 17.2%

24 - Monserrat Island

Population: 2000/5,000 - 2050/7,000
Christian 95.3%, Evangelical 25.2%

25 - Saint Barthelemy Island

Christian 61%, Evangelica 2.3%

26 - Saint Martin Island

Christian 83.9%, Evangelical 2.5%

HAITI ISLAND (Caribbean)

Population: 2000/8,648,000 - 2050/15,485,000
Life expectancy: 60 years (men), 64 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: Estimated to be low income: $995 or less (World Bank, 2009)

Haiti is a sovereign nation and a member of the United Nations. It is one of the least developed and poorest nations in the world according to the United Nations. Haiti became the world's first black-led republic and the first independent Caribbean state when it threw off French colonial control and slavery in a series of wars in the early 19th century. A mostly mountainous country with a tropical climate, Haiti's location, history and culture - epitomised by voodoo - has resulted in a failed nation. Haiti has no functional instrastructure. Haiti achieved notoriety during the brutal dictatorships of the voodoo physician Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude, or "Baby Doc". Tens of thousands of people were killed under their 29-year rule. Haiti's most serious underlying social problem, the huge wealth gap between the impoverished Creole-speaking black majority and the French-speaking minority, 1% of whom own nearly half the country's wealth, remains unaddressed. Many Haitians seek work and a better life in the US or other Caribbean nations, including the neighbouring Dominican Republic, which is home to hundreds of thousands of Haitian migrants.

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Population: 2000/8,830,000 - 2050/13,441,000
Life expectancy: 70 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: US$4,510 (World Bank, 2009)

Once ruled by Spain, the mountainous Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, a former French colony. The Caribbean nation is a major tourist destination. Tourism, and the DR's free-trade zones, have become major employers and key sources of revenue. Sugar, coffee and tobacco are among the main exports. The Dominican Republic is one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean. There is a huge gap between the rich and the poor, with the richest being the white descendants of Spanish settlers, who own most of the land, and the poorest comprising people of African descent. The mixed race majority controls much of the commerce. Press freedom is guaranteed by law and media outlets carry diverse political views. Some subjects, such as the Catholic Church and the army, are generally avoided.

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Population: 2000/2,568,000 - 2050/2,683,000 (143 nation in 2050 Population)
Life expectancy: 70 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: US $4,990 (World Bank, 2009)

The Island of Jamaica is known for its strong sense of self identity expressed through its music, food and rich cultural mix. Jamaicans are proud of their cultural and religious heritage. Jamaicans have migrated in significant numbers to the United States, Canada and Britain. The island is the birthplace of Rastafarianism, a religious movement which has been adopted by groups around the world who venerate the former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. Once regarded as a revolutionary threat, Rastafarianism became a cultural force, reflected in art and music. With its roots in the island's ska and rocksteady forms, reggae made Jamaica a leader in music, with Bob Marley as its most famous ambassador. Since independence from Britain in 1962, power in Jamaica has alternated between the social-democratic People's National Party and the conservative Jamaica Labour Party.

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CUBA ISLAND (Caribbean)

Population: 2000/11,087,000 - 2050/9,725,000
Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: Estimated to be upper middle income: $3,946 to $12,195 (World Bank, 2009)

Cuba has survived more than 40 years of US sanctions intended to topple the government of Fidel Castro. It also defied predictions that it would not survive the collapse of its one-time supporter, the Soviet Union. Since the fall of the US-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959 Cuba has been a one-party state led by Mr Castro and - since February 2008 - by his anointed successor, younger brother Raul. Fidel exercised control over virtually all aspects of Cuban life through the Communist Party and its affiliated mass organisations, the government bureaucracy and the state security apparatus. Exploiting the US-Soviet Cold War, Fidel Castro was for decades able to rely on strong Soviet backing, including annual subsidies worth $4-5 billion, and succeed in building reputable health and education systems. But, at least partly because of the US trade sanctions, he failed to diversify the economy. The disappearance of Soviet aid following the collapse of the USSR forced the government to introduce tight rationing of energy, food and consumer goods. The economy has soldiered on with the help of Canadian, European and Latin American investments, especially in tourism. Cuba has forged closer ties with China and with oil-producing Venezuela. Russia has also taken steps to revitalise ties with its Soviet-era ally, and in July 2009 signed an agreement to explore Cuba's offshore oil reserves. The former has invested in the nickel industry; the latter supplies cheap fuel. But the money sent home by Cubans living abroad - many of them in the US city of Miami - is still crucial to the economy. The Cuban media are tightly controlled by the government and journalists must operate within the confines of laws against anti-government propaganda and the insulting of officials which carry penalties of up to three years in prison.

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NETHERLANDS ANTILLES ISLAND (Caribbean, Territory of Netherlands)

Population: 2000/181,000 - 2050/192,000

The Netherlands Antilles are composed of two groups of Caribbean islands 500 mi (805 km) apart: the first group, composed of Curaçao (173 sq mi; 448 sq km) and Bonaire (95 sq mi; 246 sq km), is located about 40 mi (64 km) off the Venezuelan coast.

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MARTINIQUE ISLAND (Caribbean, Territory of France)

Population: 2000/385,000 - 2050/393,000
Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 82 years (women)
GNI per capita: US$14,727 (UN, 2003)

Visited by the explorer Christopher Columbus and briefly occupied by the Spanish, Martinique was settled by the French in 1635. A mountainous and densely-populated overseas department of France, Martinique's French and Creole heritage is mirrored in its customs, food and languages. Tourism flourishes on the tropical Caribbean island, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is a stopping-off point for cruise ships. Most Martiniquais have mixed ancestry, being the descendants of 17th century French settlers and slaves brought from Africa to work on plantations. From the late 1970s a lack of jobs prompted large-scale migration to France. But despite a reliance on aid from Paris, high unemployment and a large trade deficit, Martinique has one of the higher standards of living in the region.

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SAINT PIERRE AND MIQUELON ISLANDS (Caribbean, Territory of France)

Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 80 years (women)

The sole remnant of France's once-extensive possessions in North America, the Atlantic islands of St Pierre and Miquelon lie off the Canadian island of Newfoundland. With little agriculture and a troubled fishing industry, they depend on France for subsidies and on their near neighbour for goods and transport links.

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GUADELOUPE ISLAND (Caribbean, Territory of France)

Population: 2000/429,000 - 2050/477,000
Life expectancy: 75 years (men); 82 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: US$14,088 (UN, 2003)

The French territory of Guadeloupe is a centre of Caribbean Creole culture. French, African and Caribbean influences infuse its music, dance, food and widely-spoken patois. Guadeloupe's economy is kept afloat by public salaries and credits from Paris. Unemployment has been a long-running malaise, although its effects are tempered by France's generous social security system.  Guadeloupe is administered as a part of the French mainland. Paris is represented by a prefect, appointed by the French president. Regional and general councils, elected by popular votes, oversee legislative and day-to-day affairs. Guadeloupe sends representatives to the National Assembly and to the Senate in Paris.

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MONTSERRAT ISLAND (Caribbean, Territory of Great Britian)

Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 80 years (women) (UN)

Rendered partly uninhabitable by volcanic eruptions in the late 1990s, the self-governing British overseas territory known as the "Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" is striving to recover and rebuild. Tourism was once the lifeblood of the economy. However the destruction of the capital and the closure of the island's airport halted much economic activity. Montserrat has relied heavily upon British and EU aid to rebuild; a new airport was inaugurated in 2005. Named by the voyager Christopher Columbus in 1493, the island became an English colony in 1632. Most Montserratians are of African descent.

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VIRGIN ISLANDS (Caribbean, Territory of United States)

Population 2000/109,000 - 2050/75,000

The British Virgin Islands, or BVI, comprise more than 40 Caribbean islands and islets with subtropical vegetation, white sandy beaches and coral reefs. The British overseas territory forms part of an island chain, alongside the neighbouring US Virgin Islands. Tortola, the largest of the 16 inhabited islands, is home to more than three quarters of the population. Named by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the islands were settled by the Dutch until 1666. The main island of Tortola was annexed by the Leeward Islands governor in 1672. The BVI as a whole became part of Britain's Leeward Islands colony in 1872.

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PUERTO RICO ISLAND (Caribbean, Territory of United States)

Population: 2000/3,819,000 - 2050/4,103,000
Life expectancy: 71 years (men) 80 years (women)
GNI per capita: $10,950 (World Bank, 2001)

Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean and North American influences meld in Puerto Rico, a self-governing commonwealth that belongs to the United States. The subtropical Caribbean territory is urbanised, industrialised and relatively prosperous. The US invaded and occupied Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War of 1898, ending centuries of rule from Spain. The US saw the island as a strategic asset and ran it as a colonial protectorate. Tourism is an important money-earner; the island receives up to two million visitors each year and is a port-of-call for cruise liners.

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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (Caribbean, Territory of United Kingdom)

Population: 2000/21,000 - 2050/28,000

The British Virgin Islands, or BVI, comprise more than 40 Caribbean islands and islets with subtropical vegetation, white sandy beaches and coral reefs. The British overseas territory forms part of an island chain, alongside the neighbouring US Virgin Islands. Tortola, the largest of the 16 inhabited islands, is home to more than three quarters of the population. Named by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the islands were settled by the Dutch until 1666. In 2002 the British Overseas Territories Act granted British citizenship to the islanders, who can hold British passports and may work in the UK and EU. The territory has tightened its immigration regulations; illegal migrants have used the islands as a springboard to the US.

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ANQUILLA ISLAND (Caribbean, Territory of United Kingdom)

Population: 2000/77,000 - 2050/112,000
Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 81 years (women)

A coral and limestone island at the northern tip of the Leewards, the British overseas territory of Anguilla is best known as an upmarket destination for tourists and a haven for the wealthy. Once the home of Arawak and Carib peoples, it became an English colony after settlers arrived in 1650. Its people are of mainly African descent. British forces were sent and in 1971 the Anguilla Act brought the territory under British control. Anguilla broke away from St Kitts and Nevis and became a British overseas territory in 1980.

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CAYMAN ISLANDS (Caribbean, Territory of United Kingdom)

Population: 2000/40,000 - 2050/66,000

One of the world's largest financial centres and a well-known tax haven, this British overseas territory in the Caribbean has more registered businesses than it has people. Grand Cayman and its sister islands Cayman Brac and Little Cayman have natural attractions too. Beaches, coral reefs and abundant marine life make them a popular haunt for the wealthier visitor. Once a dependency of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands came under direct British rule after Jamaica declared independence in 1962. Granted greater autonomy under a 1972 constitution, the islands are largely self-governing and economically self-sufficient. Christopher Columbus discovered the islands in 1503 and named them Las Tortugas, after the giant turtles that he sighted in the surrounding seas. The islands were later renamed Caymanas, from the Carib indian word for a crocodile.

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TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (Caribbean, Territory of United Kingdom)

Population: 2000/19,000 - 2050/40,000

The Turks and Caicos Islands, a British overseas territory, enjoys one of the more dynamic economies in the West Indies. Tourism and offshore finance have replaced salt production as the main sources of prosperity for the low-lying islands and cays. However, the British government imposed direct rule in August 2009 after a commission of enquiry found evidence of widespread corruption among the ruling elite. Once a dependency of Jamaica, the Turks and Caicos Islands became a crown colony upon Jamaican independence in 1962. The original inhabitants were Taino indians; later arrivals included slaves, brought from Africa to work on cotton plantations. Their descendants make up a majority of the population.

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Population: 2000/1,295,000 - 2050/1,278,000
Life expectancy: 67 years (men), 74 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: US $16,490 (World Bank, 2009)

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean, thanks to its large reserves of oil and gas, the exploitation of which dominates its economy. Inhabited mostly by people of African and Indian descent, the two-island state enjoys a per capita income well above the average for Latin America. Natural gas - much of it exported to the US - is expected to overtake oil as its main source of revenue. Trinidad and Tobago - a major trans-shipment point for cocaine - has become ridden with drug and gang-related violence.

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Population: 2000/108,000 - 2050/119,000
Life expectancy: 70 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: US $5,110 (World Bank, 2009)

The multi-island country of St Vincent and the Grenadines is a land of contrasts. St Vincent - the main population centre - is mountainous and lush. Rainforests thrive in the interior and La Soufrie, an active volcano, dominates the north. Of the many islands and cays that make up the Grenadines, Mustique, Palm Island and Union Island are haunts of the rich and famous - offering yachting, diving and fine beaches. St Vincent and the Grenadines has fallen victim to drug-related crime.

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Population: 2000/157,000 - 2050/217,000
Life expectancy: 73 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: US $5,170 (World Bank, 2009)

Tourism is the main source of income for St Lucia and the industry is its biggest employer. The tropical eastern Caribbean island boasts beaches, mountains, exotic plants and the Qualibou volcano with its boiling sulphur springs. Most St Lucians are the descendants of African slaves, brought in by the British in the 19th century to work on sugar plantations. Although St Lucia is a former British colony, the French settled in the 17th century. Their influence lives on in the patois spoken in the country.

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Population: 2000/46,000 - 2050/69,000
Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 71 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: US $10,100 (World Bank, 2009)

The former British colony of St Kitts and Nevis is inhabited mostly by the descendants of West African slaves. Its beaches, scenery and a warm, sunny climate give it great tourist potential. It is also vulnerable to hurricanes. The islands of St Kitts - also known as St Christopher - and Nevis have been in an uneasy federation since independence from Britain in 1983, with some politicians in Nevis saying the federal government in St Kitts - home to a majority of the population - had ignored the needs of Nevisians.

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Population: 2000/101,000  2050/97,000
Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 78 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: US $5,550 (World Bank, 2009)

Grenada made the world headlines in 1983 when a split in the governing left-wing party led to the overthrow and execution of the country's charismatic leader, Maurice Bishop, and provided the pretext for a US invasion of the islands.Set against the background of Grenada's hitherto peaceful post-independence history, the event highlighted the country's contradictory character. Although Grenada has one of the fastest-growing economies in the Caribbean, poverty is widespread.

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Population: 2000/68,000 - 2050/66,000
GNI per capita: US$4,870 (World Bank, 2009)

With few natural resources and a fledgling tourist industry, Dominica is attempting to reduce its reliance on bananas, traditionally its main export earner. The trade has faced stiffer competition since the European Union was forced by the World Trade Organisation to phase out preferential treatment for producers from former colonies. A mountainous, forested island with a year-round tropical climate, national parks, rare indigenous birds and the second-largest boiling lake in the world, Dominica is potentially a great tourist attraction.

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Population - 2000/252,000 - 2050/237,000
Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: Estimated to be high income: $12,196 or more (World Bank, 2010)

The eastern Caribbean nation of Barbados has seen tourism overtake the export of sugar as its main revenue earner. Known for its beaches and cricket - its national sport - the former British colony has a dual heritage: English - evident in its stone-built Anglican churches and Saturday race meetings - and African, reflected in its music and dance. Barbados is one of the more populous and prosperous Caribbean islands. Political, economic and social stability have given it one of the highest standards of living in the developing world. Most Barbadians are the descendants of African slaves who were brought to the island from the 17th century to work the sugar cane plantations.

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Population: 2000/305,000 - 2050/455,000 (173? nation in 2050 Population)
Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 78 years (women) (UN)
GNI per capita: US$21,390 (World Bank, 2010)

An archipelago of 700 islands and islets, the Bahamas attracts millions of tourists each year. The visitors come to enjoy its mild climate, fine beaches and beautiful forests. A former British colony and now a Commonwealth member, the country is a major centre for offshore finance and has one of the world's largest open-registry shipping fleets. The Bahamas faces the challenge of tackling drugs trafficking and illegal immigration. The Bahamas is a destination for migrants from its strife-torn Caribbean neighbour, Haiti. Tens of thousands of Haitians are thought to be living illegally in the country.

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Population: 2000/77,000 - 2050/112,000
GNI per capita: US $12,070(World Bank, 2009)

Antigua and Barbuda is one of the Caribbean's most prosperous nations, thanks to its tourism industry and offshore financial services. The country's strength lies in its tropical climate and good beaches, which have made it popular as a stop-off point for US cruise ships and have attracted large investments in infrastructure. Antigua is the main population centre and the focus for business and tourism. Relatively-undeveloped Barbuda is home to smaller, exclusive resorts and a sanctuary for frigate birds.

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ARUBA ISLAND (Caribbean, Territory of Netherlands)

Population: 2000/91,000; 2050/106,000

A tourist magnet and a fuel exporter, Aruba is an autonomous territory of the Netherlands. It lies off South America's Caribbean coast. Away from the beaches, hotels and casinos, much of the island is desert-like. A strong indigenous heritage, colonisation and Latin America's influence have given it a distinctive social and linguistic character. Aruba is one of the most prosperous territories in the Caribbean.

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