A. THE TERRITORY
Netherlands Antilles is two larger, barren islands, Curacao and Bonaire
off the coast of Venezuela, as well as three islands in the Leeward
Islands, St. Eustatius, Saba and the Dutch half of St. Maarten. They
are an integral part of Kingdom of the Netherlands with domestic
autonomy for each island and parliamentary democratic government. Since
2006, Curacao and St. Maarten are separately autonomous and the
remaining islands are directly incorporated into Dutch rule.
Well developed for the Caribbean, the economic mainstays are tourism,
petroleum refining and offshore finance.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~201,500 and official language Dutch. Papiamento
predominates, but use of English is widespread.
~89.6% are Caribbean peoples, ~10.4% Foreign.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
~91.58% claim to be Christian, ~5.9% Non-religious, ~1.3% Jewish, ~0.66%
Hindu, ~0.33% Muslim, ~0.15% Chinese, ~0.05% Buddhist, ~0.03% Baha’i.
In the Christian category:
~74.23% are Catholic, ~10.96% Protestant, ~4.4% Unaffiliated, ~2.2%
Independent, ~1% Anglican.
Evangelicals represent ~7.7% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~6.1% and of those ~3% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.