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(Autonomous member state of the Netherlands)

Use the tabs below to find online resources about Aruba from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.


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  • Diplomacy and Aid
  • Health
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BBC News Profile - Aruba
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - Aruba
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

ITC - Aruba
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

UNdata Country Profile - Aruba
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

UNESCO Worldwide - Latin America and the Caribbean
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Aruba
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

U.S. Department of Energy - Caribbean (includes Aruba)
Regional analysis report from the Energy Information Administration on production and consumption of energy resources.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Aruba
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room.
  • National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
    Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

PAHO/WHO Databases
Regional Core Health Data Initiative Table Generator System from the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization. Provides national health statistics and other data on the health situation in the Caribbean and North, Central, and South American countries.

UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Aruba
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Aruba.

World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.
EU Relations with Aruba
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Aruba.

IMF - Aruba
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.

ReliefWeb - Aruba
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Aruba from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Trinidad and Tobago
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention. The Trinidad and Tobago country office also covers Suriname, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - Aruba
Country background notes.
Official site of the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization.   
Defense is the responsibility of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. See Ministry of Defence: The Netherlands
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Aruba.


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
aruba and econom* aruba and econom*
aruba and histor* aruba and histor*
aruba and politic* aruba and politic*
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(government publications only)

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