The Island of Curaçao

Curaçao is an island about 60 km off the coast of which country?

And the answer: Venezuela.  

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Located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela, Curaçao is considered a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Together with Aruba and Bonaire, it forms what's known as the ABC islands.

Curaçao and neighboring islands off the northern coast of South America are usually considered to constitute the southwestern arc of the Lesser Antilles. The islands have a huge variety of wildlife, including flamingoes and four species of sea turtle. Curaçao also consists of many caves, some of which are aquatic and only accessed by boat.

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The multi-cultural composition of the island’s population is manifested in the use of language. There are three official languages in Curaçao: Papiamentu, a local language (that is a mix of Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, and English), as well as Dutch and English. Much of the variety in Curaçao is a result of various colonial influences over the past several centuries.

There is also a wide variety of colorful, artisan crafts on the island. Jewelry, Delft Blue (a typical Dutch style of pottery), local aloe products, and Dutch cheese are among several of the many products offered on this small island nation.

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