The island Curacao is located in the southern Caribbean Sea, just north of South America, about 45 miles of the coast of Venezuela.
Since 1791 Curacao is one of the islands of the ‘Netherlands Antilles’, which itself is part of the Dutch Kingdom. Curacao – like Aruba and Sint Maarten – is an independent country within the Dutch Kingdom.
Curacao stretches about 40 miles from southeast to northwest. And about 10 miles from north to south on its widest point. Its 180 square miles 472 km2 makes Curacao the largest island in the Dutch Antillean island group. Based on the latest headcount in 2011 Curacao has around 150.000 habitants, plus another 10.000 more illegals people say.