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Coordinates: 12°07′01″N 68°55′59″W 12.117, -68.933

Netherlands Antilles

The Netherlands Antilles , previously known as the Netherlands West Indies or Dutch AntillesWest Indies, is part of the Lesser Antilles and consists of two groups of islands in the Caribbean Sea Curaao 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 and shipping and petroleum.The Netherlands Antilles was scheduled to be dissolved as a unified political entity on December 15, 2008, so that the five constituent islands would attain new constitutional statuses within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but this dissolution has been postponed to an indefinite future date. As of December 15, 2008, legislation to amend the charter of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and to define the new status of Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius was still being reviewed.[1]


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