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The Netherlands Antilles' combined population was estimated in 2000 at 210,134. Of these more than two-thirds (146,100 or 69.5%) lived on Curaçao.

The Antillean national birth rate of 16.94 per 1,000 has produced a growth rate of 1.01% per annum – considerably above its economic growth rate of -4.4% (2000). This fact has contributed to the worryingly high rate of emigration , especially in the 17-to-30-year-old age group. For the islands the long-term consequences of emigration are very serious, and it is a problem both Dutch and Antillean governments are concerned to address – especially as the flow shows signs of quickening: 3% of Antilleans emigrated in 1998, jumping up to 3.5% in 1999, and to as much as 4.1% (8,420 people) in the first 10 months of 2000 alone. The skewing effect this has on the population can be seen in the islands' age distributions. In the Windward Islands, where employment is high, those over 60 constitute 5% of the population; in Curaçao, where emigration has been heaviest, they are 11%. By 2017, if the rates of loss remain the same, 20% of Curaçao's population could be over 60. The effect of this on the island's already strained social services could be devastating.


Population :
142,180 (est. January 2010)

Age structure :
0-14 years: 21.1% (males 15,337/females 14,589)
15-64 years: 66.7% (males 42,896/females 51,998)
65 years and over: 12.2% (males 6,972/females 10,388) (2010)

Population growth rate :

Birth rate :

Death rate :
8 deaths/1,000 population (2009)

Net migration rate :
1.27 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008)

Sex ratio :
at birth: 1.15 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.82 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.67 male(s)/female
total population: 0.85 male(s)/female (2010)

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