Netherlands Antilles / Nederlandse Antillen / Antia Hulandes / Antilhas Holandesas (The Netherlands) ( Holanda)

Netherlands Antilles / Nederlandse Antillen / Antia Hulandes / Antilhas Holandesas (The Netherlands) ( Holanda)


previously known as the Netherlands West Indies or Dutch Antilles/West Indies, is part of the Lesser Antilles and consists of two groups of islands in the Caribbean Sea: Curaçao and Bonaire, just off the Venezuelan coast; and Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten, located southeast of the Virgin Islands. The islands form an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The islands’ economy depends mostly upon tourism, international financial services, international commerce, shipping, and petroleum.


De Nederlandse Antillen (Papiaments: Antias Hulandes, Engels: Netherlands Antilles) zijn tot 10 oktober 2010 een land binnen het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, bestaande uit vijf eilanden in de Caraïbische Zee die tot twee eilandengroepen van de Kleine Antillen behoren.

De totale landoppervlakte van de Nederlandse Antillen is 800 km², terwijl het aantal inwoners 227.049 (2009) bedraagt. De bevolkingsdichtheid ligt daarmee op 283,8/km² (2009). De hoofdstad en tevens verreweg de grootste stad van de Nederlandse Antillen is Willemstad op het eiland Curaçao.


E Antias Hulandes òf Antias Neerlandes (hulandes: Nederlandse Antillen), ta parti di e Antias Menor i ta konsistí di dos grupo di isla den Laman Karibe ku ta forma parti di Reino Hulandes. E ekonomia di e islanan ta depende hopi riba turismo i petroleo.


As Antilhas Holandesas ou Antilhas Neerlandesas (em papiamento: Antia Neerlandes; em neerlandês: Nederlandse Antillen), são um território autónomo neerlandês das Caraíbas e são formadas por dois grupos de ilhas. Um dos grupos encontra-se no norte das Pequenas Antilhas e o outro ao largo da costa da Venezuela, próximo de outra dependência autônoma dos Países Baixos, Aruba. A capital é a cidade de Willemstad, localizada na ilha de Curaçao.

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Oficial name:
Nederlandse Antillen
Antias Hulandes
Nederlandse Antillen

800 km2


Dutch [nld] 4,000 in Netherlands Antilles. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Franconian
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English [eng] 1,800 in Netherlands Antilles (2004). More use on Saba and Statia than other islands. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English
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Netherlands Antilles Creole English [vic] 16,700 in Netherlands Antilles (2002 SIL). Population includes 14,000 on St. Maarten, 1,100 on Saba, 1,600 on St. Eustatius. Southern St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius. Alternate names: Virgin Islands Creole English. Dialects: St. Maarten Creole English, Saba Creole English, Statia Creole English. Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Southern
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Papiamentu [pap] 179,000 in Netherlands Antilles (1998). Population total all countries: 319,400. Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire Islands off Venezuela coast, and islands off Nicaragua. Also spoken in Aruba, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands. Alternate names: Papiamento, Papiam, Papiamentoe, Papiamen, Curaçoleño, Curassese. Dialects: The language is becoming more like Spanish, which is prestigious. Classification: Creole, Iberian based

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Meaning of the name:
"Antilles" from a mythical land/island (Antillia) west of Europe or a combination of two Portuguese words "ante" or "anti" and "ilha" which means island, currently the name for the Caribbean islands. "Netherlands" after the colonial ruler, the Netherlands "

Description Flag:
The Flag of the Netherlands Antilles is white, with a horizontal blue stripe in the center, one-third of the flag’s hoist, superimposed on a vertical red stripe of the same width, also centered; five white, five-pointed stars are arranged in a pentagon pattern in the center of the blue band, their points up. The five stars represent the five main islands of Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten.

Coat of arms:
The Coat of arms of the Netherlands Antilles consists of a shield, a crown and the motto. The shield itself shows five blue stars on a golden background, within a red border. These five stars stand for the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles and also are represented in the flag. The crown atop the shield is that of the Dutch sovereign. Under the shield is a ribbon with the motto: Libertate Unanimus (" United in Freedom").
The present coat of arms was adopted on January 1, 1986, the day that Aruba separated from the Netherlands Antilles and acquired a status aparte within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

"Libertate unanimus"

National Anthem: Anthem from Netherlands Antilles


1. Sinku prenda den laman, e islanan di nos,
dòrnando e korona di un aliansa ideal.
Ounke hende i kultura tur koló nan tin , nos mes a
forma ùn famia den tur libertad.
Pesei nos tur ta alsa bos ku amor i den union

Antia Neerlandes, bunitesa sin igual.
Ku orguyo mi ta defendé mi patria tan stimá.
Antia Neerlandes, p’abo tur mi lealtat.
Pa semper lo mi keda fiel, pais bendishoná
2. Un shelu semper kla, laman ta invitá, e islanan ta
wowo dje kadena di unidat Idiomanan distinto, papiá
Ku komprenshon, mes ternura: "Sweet antilles"
"Dushi Antia ta ",
3. Ser parti di nos tera, ta orguyo sin midí,
Antia Neerlandes stimá, ku tur sinseridat,
Pues nos ta rearfimá ku amor i dignidat,
ku, dios dilanti, nos ta sirbi huntu nos pais.


1. Our island in the sea, like gems they seem to be,
outstanding from a golden crown of blissful royalty.
Though their people and their colorful may seem,
they yet uniquely blend to be just one family.
So we, your people raise our voice in love and unity

Dear Netherlands Antilles, so beautiful to me.
I’m proud to be a part of you, a patriot I shall be.
Yes Netherlands Antilles, i pledge my loyalty,
To you always will be true; I say may God bless you.
2. So blessed with sunny skies and clear welcomming seas,
each island like a link that forms this chain of unity.
May differ in our language, yet meet on common ground,
When some say "Sweet Antilles" , some say "Dushi Antia ta",
3. Yes, proud are we to be identified with you,
dear Netherlands Antilles, to you we will be true.
So we declare and vow, with dignity and love,
Our nation we will always serve, may God keep us as one.

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Posted by Hugo Carriço on 2010-04-24 08:02:40

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