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Separate lives— Curaçao


In October the Dutch island of Curaçao will become a new semi-autonomous nation. It’s hoping that its proximity to South America will make it an ideal gateway for European countries doing business in the region. But first it has to decide what currency to use.

Curaçao, Currency, Economy

At Curaçao’s Fort Amsterdam, the waterside stone fortress that garrisons the leadership of the Netherlands Antilles, one item permanently leads the daily agenda: putting the government out of business. On 10 October the Antilles will disappear from the map. Its red, white and blue flag will be lowered for the last time, its police force will surrender their badges, and its guilder coins will be melted down. “You can’t Google it,” Emily de Jongh-Elhage, the Antilles’ last prime minister, likes to say. There is no online instruction manual to unb…

Going Dutch

The smallest Antillean islands – Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius – are hoping that Dutch “municipality” status will guarantee bountiful access to the Netherlands’ federal budget. But it also will force their adoption of certain Dutch social policies – on euthanasia, abortion, drugs, and gay marriage – that will roil the largely Catholic, conservative population. “When you say you want to become part of Holland, you have to follow the line we set out,” says Freek van Beetz, adviser to the Antillean prime minister. How exactly the islands are expected to make the legal adjustment to become Amsterdam-on-the-Caribbean – and fend off an all-out culture war – will be one more issue on a busy political docket this year at the Hague.

01: Fria soda
02: Goisco tomato ketchup
03: Café Barista coffee
04: Bazbina Farm honey
05: Industrias Tip-Top almond extract
06: CurAloe aloe shower gel
07: Pica Rica pepper relish
08: Mix of tropical oregano, white basil, and lemongrass
09: Glacial soap
10: Senior Curaçao of Curaçao of liqueur


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