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Island Regulation of the Netherlands Antilles

The Island Regulation of the Netherlands Antilles (Dutch: Eilandenregeling Nederlandse Antillen or ERNA; Papiamento: Regulashon Insular delas Antias Hulandes or RIAH) described the autonomy of the different island territories of the Netherlands Antilles. It was enacted on 3 March 1951 by royal decree and remained in force, in a consolidated form, until the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010.[1] Together with the Constitution of the Netherlands Antilles, the Island Regulation described the foundation of the government of the Netherlands Antilles.

The fact that the Constitution of the Netherlands Antilles depended on the Island Regulation, and the fact that the Island Regulation was older than the Constitution, has led many scholars to describe the Netherlands Antilles as a federal arrangement.[2]

Island territories

Flag Name Capital Area (km²) Remarks
Curaçao Willemstad 444
Bonaire Kralendijk 288
Sint Maarten Philipsburg 34 Were part of the island territory of the Windward islands until 1 January 1983
Sint Eustatius Oranjestad 21
Saba The Bottom 13
Aruba Oranjestad 193 Seceded on 1 January 1986
Netherlands Antilles Willemstad 993

Notes and references

  • C. Borman (2005) Het Statuut voor het Koninkrijk, Deventer: Kluwer.
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