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Brief Introduction of Curaçao
Nestled in the south Caribbean Sea, Curaçao is not only cherished for its pristine waters, picturesque landscape and rainbow-colored houses, but also for its vibrant culture and creative people, and for being the commercial hub of the Dutch Caribbean. Curaçao’s future did not always seem promising. The entire indigenous population was displaced by Spaniards in 1515, and in the ensuing years, ownership of the island switched between British, Spanish, and Dutch hands. But a few things remained constant, including the spirit of those who decided to call Curaçao home and to leave guideposts for future generations. Their resilience and will are present in citizens today.
Today – from Sabana in the west to Newport in the east, to the capital, Willemstad, Curaçaoans represent a melting pot of diverse languages, experiences and passions, and yet there are common goals, like those captured in the National Development Plan, goals that underpin the nation’s desire to stand out as a leader in transformative education, environmental responsibility, good governance, and more.
More than what is expected of an island of 160,000 people. Much more than what we have already achieved: our multilingualism (Dutch, Spanish, English and Papiamento), high GDP ranking, strong financial systems, diversified economy, educated populace, our awarding-winning tourism offerings. This is a country of possibilities, one that is not hampered by its size, one that is willing and ready to innovate, to step out of the proverbial box to meet and exceed current and future demands.