Are you emigrating to Curaçao? What’s important to know once I’m there?
Before arriving in Curaçao, there are still some things you should know. The time difference between Curaçao and the Netherlands is five hours, and in the summer, it is six hours. Curaçao has a lovely tropical climate with an average temperature of 27 degrees. Consider adjusting your wardrobe accordingly. At night, the temperature drops about four to five degrees. There is a rainy season beginning in October and ending in February. The hottest months are August and September.
Facts about Curaçao
- In Curaçao, everybody drives on the right side of the road
- Eighty percent of the population is Catholic
- The shops in Curaçao are generally open from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
- The water from the tap is safe to drink in Curaçao
The official currency in Curaçao is the Antillean guilder and this is linked to the dollar. The prices are listed in Antillean guilder (Afl. Or NAf.) and in US dollars ($). We recommend that you do not bring more currency from the Netherlands than is needed.
The education system in Curaçao is similar to the system in the Netherlands. A child goes to kindergarten, primary school and then middle school and high school (VMBO or HAVO / VWO). Dutch education is under the control of the foundation NOB and is qualitatively equivalent to education in the Netherlands.
Day care centers in Curaçao are often not as expensive as they are in the Netherlands, but there is no childcare allowance in Curaçao. The day care centers are qualitatively good, and are often run by Dutch-speaking staff.
Languages in Curaçao
In addition to Papiamento, Dutch, English or Spanish is spoken in Curaçao. Purely for communication purposes, you will not need to learn Papiamento as many residents speak Dutch and English, in addition to Papiamento. For business purposes or for a function where you have a lot of contact with the local people, it may be useful to learn Papiamento.
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