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Economic outlines and opportunities for innovation

Aruba’s main economic activity is tourism. Yearly visits reached over 1.5 million tourists in 2010, either by plane or by cruise ship. On industrial levels, there is the oil refinery in San Nicolas and other small-scale industrial activities. The economy of Aruba also benefits with a free-zone trading area.

Key opportunities for innovation

The policy of the Aruban government is to increase economic activities based on environmental friendly businesses and green energy. Aruba aims to be a commercial hub between Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Through the recently established European House, Aruba can facilitate the connection of business communities between the emerging markets of Latin America and Europe.

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Member state: Aruba is a country in The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Surface (km2): 180
EEZ (km2): 68 783
Population (2013): 105 976
Capital: Oranjestad
Languages: Dutch, English, Papiamento
GDP per capita (€ – 2013): 19 197
Main economic sectors: Tourism, Free zone trade, and sustainable knowledge
Government web: and

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