Infuse Your Curaçao Holiday With European Flavor
The Dutch influence on Curaçao is as omnipresent as the centuries-old colonial buildings. From the time they first established themselves as the island's ruling class, the Dutch have had a major impact on every level of society. Today, the legal and educational systems and the government are all Dutch-inspired. Dutch remains the language of instruction in schools and is widely spoken in government and business. Several thousand makambas (as Dutch people are called) have made Curaçao their permanent home. Almost 4% of Curaçao's population was born in Holland, according to the 2001 census. Hundreds of Curaçaoan students set off to study in Holland each year — many return not only with a professional degree, but with a Dutch spouse as well; others never make it back. (As many as 100,000 people from Curacao now reside in Holland.)
Visitors from Europe make up close to 40% of Curaçao’s tourist traffic, the island being especially popular with visitors from Holland.
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