The Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao is strategically located in the Southern Caribbean between the Americas and, being part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has close ties with the European Union. Curaçao has a long tradition as a Service Centre for international business, trade and distribution.
Situated just off the coast of the South American mainland, Curaçao is located outside of the hurricane belt. The ties with the Kingdom of the Netherlands have resulted in a stable political situation and a relatively safe society.
As other Caribbean islands, Curaçao has a well-developed tourism sector, attracting visitors from all over the globe. Besides sun, sea and sand, Curaçao is also known for a number of internationally renowned festivals, its UNESCO World Heritage Listing and its coral reefs.
The economy of Curaçao is quite diversified. Besides tourism, logistics, the international financial sector, transnational education, international trade and oil refinery are all important economic pillars. The island also has a good physical infrastructure, including various natural harbours, a modern airport with a capacity for 1.6 million passengers per year and stable telephone and internet connections.