ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN ARUBA
Status : Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Total area : 75 sq mi (193 sq km)
Population (2008 est.) : 101,541
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Oranjestad, 20,700
Monetary unit : Aruban guilder/florin
Languages : Dutch (official), Papiamento, English, Spanish
Ethnicity/race : Mixed European/Caribbean Indian 80%
Religions : Roman Catholic 82%, Protestant 8%, Hindu, Muslim, Confucian, Jewish
National Holiday : Flag Day, March 18
Literacy rate : 97% (2003 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $2.13 billion; per capita $21,800. Real growth rate: 3.5%. Inflation: 3.8% (2005 est.).
Aruba lies 18 mi (28.9 km) off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. The Arawak Indians were the first inhabitants of Aruba. Spain explored the island in 1499, and more than a century later the Netherlands (1636) claimed the island. After a brief rule by the British, the Dutch again took control of the island in 1816, and it officially became part of the Netherlands Antilles in 1845.
On Jan. 1, 1986, Aruba seceded from the federation, but it decided in 1994 to postpone indefinitely the transition to full independence. The Netherlands controls Aruba's defense and foreign affairs, but all internal affairs are handled by an island government directing its own civil service, judiciary, revenue, and currency.
Islamic History and Muslims
There are 3500 Muslim (5.0%) in Aruba.
Islamic Centers and Organizations
Muslim Owned Business