Curaçao: Country and Foreign Investment
The jurisdiction of Curaçao was created on October 10, 2010 when the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and became two separate jurisdictions, the second being Sint Maarten. At the same time, the other three islands that made up the Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) became special overseas municipalities of the Netherlands. Curaçao lies about 50 km north of Venezuela; Miami is 2.5 hours by air from Curaçao, which has the capital Willemstad.
The land area is 444 sq km, with a coast line spanning 364km. The climate is tropical (12 degrees from the equator), but cooled by northeast trade winds. Average temperature is 27 C. Rain falls from October to February, mostly at night.The landscape is generally hilly with a volcanic interior. The highest point is 372m at Mount Christoffel. Natural resources include phosphates and salt, but only 10% of the land is cultivable.
Hurricanes can occur between July and October but rarely threaten Curaçao which lies south of the Caribbean hurricane belt; only three have come near this century.