Aruba

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We hope that Aruba will show us they do have enforceable laws, such as perjury and obstruction of justice and rape. You know, I think that we need to see that. That the native does not like the tourist is not hard to explain. For every native of every place is a potential tourist, and every tourist is a native of somewhere. Every native everywhere lives a life of overwhelming and crushing banality and boredom and desperation and depression, and every deed, good and bad, is an attempt to forget this. Every native would like to find a way out, every native would like a rest, every native would like a tour. But some natives—most natives in the world—cannot go anywhere. They are too poor. They are too poor to go anywhere. They are too poor to escape the reality of their lives; and they are too poor to live properly in the place they live, which is the very place you, the tourist, want to go—so when the natives see you, the tourist, they envy you, they envy your ability to leave your own banality and boredom, they envy your ability to turn their own banality and boredom into a source of pleasure for yourself.

Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place

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Official name: Aruba
Head of State: King William-Alexander of The Netherlands; Governor Fredis Refunjol (from 1 May 2004)
Head of government: Prime Minister Michiel (Mike) Godfried Eman (AVP) (from 31 Oct 2009)
Ruling party: Arubaanse Volks Partij (AVP) (Aruban People's Party) (from 25 Sep 2009; re-elected Sept 2013)
Area: 193 square km
Population: 106,113 (2011)* (101,848; 2010 census)
Capital: Oranjestad
Official language: Dutch
Currency: Aruban guilder (Af) = 100 cents (commonly called the florin)
Exchange rate: Af1.79 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP: US$2.58 billion (2011)*
Balance of trade: -US$650.00 million (2012)*
Visitor numbers: 125 (2012)*
* estimated figure

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