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Netherlands Antilles (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) Geography

    Location: Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea—one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela and the other is east of the Virgin Islands

    Geographic coordinates: 12 15 N, 68 45 W

    Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

    Area:
    total: 960 sq km
    land: 960 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    note: includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten (Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin)

    Area—comparative: more than five times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries:
    total: 10.2 km
    border countries: Guadeloupe (Saint Martin) 10.2 km

    Coastline: 364 km

    Maritime claims:
    exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
    territorial sea: 12 nm

    Climate: tropical; ameliorated by northeast trade winds

    Terrain: generally hilly, volcanic interiors

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
    highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m

    Natural resources: phosphates (Curacao only), salt (Bonaire only)

    Land use:
    arable land: 10%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 90% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: Curacao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt and are rarely threatened; Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October

    Environment—current issues: NA

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: NA
    signed, but not ratified: NA

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