Aruba is a friendly, multi-lingual island with an open and stable economy, which offers a high standard of living in a safe and secure environment. One of the main assets Aruba has is its friendly and highly service-oriented people, of which most speak four languages. The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, but English and Spanish are widely spoken as well.
As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands the island guarantees a stable and business friendly legal system. The most important economic pillar is tourism, while the government is actively supporting the diversification of economic activities and promoting Aruba as a hub. Aruba has approximately 108.000 inhabitants, including almost 90 nationalities. The Central Bank of Aruba ensures that the banking system meets all international requirements and the local currency, the Aruban florin, is pegged to the US dollar at an exchange rate of 1 US$ = 1.78 Afl.
Aruba has modern port facilities for cruise lines as well as commercial shipping. The Reina Beatrix International Airport offers daily international flights and connections to the US, Europe and Latin America. More importantly, Aruba is one of the few countries in which the US Customs and Border Patrol offers pre-clearance at the airport, which facilitates travel to the US.
Telecommunications companies offer an optimally functioning telecommunication infrastructure, including a high level of telecommunication services (4G platform) which is available throughout the island.
Business opportunities abound for the creative and/or internationally orientated entrepreneur wishing to develop unique businesses geared towards the local market, or to make use of Aruba as a hub.