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Netherlands Antilles

Land Nederlandse Antillen  (Dutch)
Pais Antia Hulandes  (Papiamento)
1954–2010
Motto: Latin: Libertate unanimus
Dutch: In vrijheid verenigd
"Unified by freedom"
Anthem: 
Het Wilhelmus (1954–1964)
Tera di Solo y suave biento (1964–2000)
Anthem without a title (2000–2010)
Location of the Netherlands Antilles
StatusConstituent country of
the Kingdom of the Netherlands
CapitalWillemstad
Common languagesDutch
English
Papiamento[1]
Demonym(s)Netherlands Antillean
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Monarchs 
• 1954–1980
Juliana
• 1980–2010
Beatrix
Governor 
• 2002–2010
Frits Goedgedrag
Prime Minister 
• 2006–2010
Emily de Jongh-Elhage
LegislatureEstates of the Netherlands Antilles
History 
15 December 1954
• Secession of Aruba
1 January 1986
10 October 2010
Area
2010987.7 km2 (381.4 sq mi)
Population
• 2010
304,759
CurrencyNetherlands Antillean guilder
Calling code599
Internet TLD.an
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Curaçao and Dependencies
Aruba
Curaçao
Sint Maarten
Caribbean Netherlands

Netherlands Antilles

The Netherlands Antilles was a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The country consisted of several island territories located in the Caribbean Sea. The islands were also informally known as the Dutch Antilles. The country came into being in 1954 as the autonomous successor of the Dutch colony of Curaçao and Dependencies and was dissolved in 2010. The Dutch colony of Surinam, although it was relatively close by on the continent of South America, did not become part of the Netherlands Antilles but became a separate autonomous country in 1954. All the island territories that belonged to the Netherlands Antilles remain part of the kingdom today, although the legal status of each differs. As a group they are still commonly called the Dutch Caribbean, regardless of their legal status. People from this former territory continue to be called Antilleans (Antillianen) in the Netherlands.