Our population of about 120,000 inhabitants is made up of a broad international mixture of well-educated people with a pleasant nature and a zest for hospitality. The modern Aruban is generally of mixed ancestry, claiming Caquetio Indian, African and European roots. Aruba’s strong economy, excellent living conditions and prime weather continue to attract individuals from all over the world. Today, the island claims over 79 different nationalities that live and work peacefully on the island.
The sincerity of a warm smile and the friendly demeanor of Arubans have not been lost on the island’s guests, with many visitors remarking that it is the people that continue to bring them back to the island year after year. With so many diverse influences on the island, Aruba still retains its uniqueness, as reflected in the openness of its population.
Over the years, a great number of people from all over the world have found their way to Aruba. Immigrants hail from South America (primarily Colombia, Venezuela and Peru), other Caribbean islands, and as far away as China, the Philippines, and seventeen European nations. Despite a multi-cultural background, Arubans share a strong national identity buoyed by the success of a healthy economy, a strong educational system, and one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean.