Photo description: Twee toeristen zitten op een berg en kijken uit over de zee, St Eustatius, Caribisch Nederland

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The years 2020 and 2021 were exceptional years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its impact was felt throughout all aspects of life in the Caribbean Netherlands. One obvious effect related to COVID-19 was the drop in inbound tourism – a very important industry to the Caribbean Netherlands.

It is with great pleasure that I now present the latest edition of Trends in the Caribbean Netherlands; a comprehensive overview with updated as well as new information in a compact and colourful book. Aside from a vast array of recent data, it also describes developments in many areas, ranging from nature to energy, from income to economy and from labour to youth, all key aspects of life on Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius.

This publication is available in an electronic version as well as a hard copy (available from our office in Kralendijk). The statistics presented here are also available on our website.

In addition, all key figures can be found in our online database, StatLine and on our Facebook page. Please contact us if you have any comments or questions.

As you go through the pages of this book, I hope you will find answers, ideas, insights and inspiration, and that you find in Trends in the Caribbean Netherlands 2021 a useful and enjoyable source of information.

Angelique Berg

Director General

The Hague/Heerlen/Bonaire, December 2021


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