Originally settled by Arawak Indians, Curacao was seized by the Dutch in 1634
along with the neighbouring island of Bonaire.
Its prosperity was restored in the early 20th century with the construction of
the Isla Refineria to service the newly discovered Venezuelan oil fields.
In 1954, Curacao and several other Dutch Caribbean possessions were reorganized
as the Netherlands Antilles, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In referenda in 2005 and 2009, the citizens of Curacao voted to become a
self-governing country within the
Kingdom of the Netherlands
. The change in status became effective in October
of 2010 with the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles.
Clock showing current local time now in Time Zone: America Curacao
Flag of Curacao
On a blue field a horizontal yellow band somewhat below the
centre divides the flag into proportions of 5:1:2; two five-pointed white stars
- the smaller above and to the left of the larger - appear in the canton; the
blue of the upper and lower sections symbolizes the sky and sea respectively;
yellow represents the sun; the stars symbolize Curacao and its uninhabited
smaller sister island of Klein Curacao; the five star points signify the 5
continents from which Curacao's people derive
What is the International Telephone Dialling Code for
The International Dialling Code for Curacao: +599-9