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Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.


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Communications

Telephones - main lines in use World Ranking: 174
35,000 (2010)

Telephones - mobile cellular World Ranking: 184
131,800 (2010)

Telephone system
General assessment
Modern fully automatic telecommunications system
Domestic
Increased competition through privatization; 3 mobile-cellular service providers are now licensed
International
Country code - 297; landing site for the PAN-AM submarine telecommunications cable system that extends from the US Virgin Islands through Aruba to Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, and the west coast of South America; extensive interisland microwave radio relay links (2007)

Broadcast media
2 commercial TV stations; cable TV subscription service provides access to foreign channels; about 20 commercial radio stations broadcast (2007)

Internet country code
.aw

Internet hosts World Ranking: 100
40,894 (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 187
24,000 (2009)


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