15 miles (20 kilometers) off the coast of Venezuela.
It is part of what is called the Dutch Caribbean.
Aruba's population of about 100,000 inhabitants is made up of
a broad international mixture of people with a pleasant nature
and a zest for hospitality.
The modern Aruban is generally of mixed ancestry, claiming
Caquetio Indian, African and European roots.
However, the face of Aruba is in continuous flux with the island,
drawing individuals from all over the world.
Today, the island claims over 40 different nationalities,
which live and work peacefully on the island. Tourism is
the main pillar of the Aruban economy.
Papiamento and Dutch are the two official languages in Aruba.
English is recognized as an international language and therefore
is a mandatory subject as early as the 4th grade in primary school.
Spanish is taking on equal importance and is also taught as early
as the 5th grade of primary school. French is taught in
high school as an optional language.