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If Netherlands Antilles will dissolve its place will be taken over by Curaçao, which have been succeeded by Netherlands Antilles in 1948.

Netherlands Antilles FA was founded as Curaçao FA in 1921. But untill 1948 Dutch colony Netherlands Antilles was named "Gebiedsdeel Curaçao" which included Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (the so called ABC Isles) and Saba, Sint-Eustatius and Sint-Maaten (the so called SSS Islands).

NA played untill 1948 as Curaçao, from 1948 onwards as NA. However, to make it a bit complicated after 1948 NA occasionally played as Curaçao. So they did when they went to Europe in 1958 as the Aruban refused to play for NA. At the time NA team usually fielded 8 Curaçaoan and 3 Aruban players.
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Jan 10 09 10:31 PM

Curaçao, Aruba and Sint-Maarten are countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

Curaçao
population (2006) 138.000, surface 444 km2

Aruba
population (2005) 100.517, surface 180 km2

Sint-Maarten
population (2005) 974, surface 34 km2

Bonaire, Saba and Sint-Eustatis will remain part of the Netherlands are something as a region. The intentions is that each of these islands will be a municipality, probably as part of Dutch provincie Noord-Holland.

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Jan 10 09 10:44 PM

Fast Midfielder wrote:
Curaçao, Aruba and Sint-Maarten are countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

Curaçao
population (2006) 138.000, surface 444 km2

Aruba
population (2005) 100.517, surface 180 km2

Sint-Maarten
population (2005) 974, surface 34 km2

Bonaire, Saba and Sint-Eustatis will remain part of the Netherlands are something as a region. The intentions is that each of these islands will be a municipality, probably as part of Dutch provincie Noord-Holland.


This will happen in some years, probably 1 January 2010. The date was set for 1 January 2009 but then was postponed.

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Jan 11 09 9:11 AM

Stanza13 wrote:
Fast Midfielder wrote:
Curaçao, Aruba and Sint-Maarten are countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

Curaçao
population (2006) 138.000, surface 444 km2

Aruba
population (2005) 100.517, surface 180 km2

Sint-Maarten
population (2005) 974, surface 34 km2

Bonaire, Saba and Sint-Eustatis will remain part of the Netherlands are something as a region. The intentions is that each of these islands will be a municipality, probably as part of Dutch provincie Noord-Holland.


This will happen in some years, probably 1 January 2010. The date was set for 1 January 2009 but then was postponed.


It even may happen later. Initially it should happened 1 July 2007, then it became 15 December 2008, but politicians on both sides still are struggling. Somtimes even not the diplomatic way. Please also keep in mind Venezuela is very keen to annex Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao for decades.

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Jan 11 09 10:52 AM

Fast Midfielder wrote:
I have that info from '"De Bosatlas van Nederland", which is a very reliable source for such matters.


From a Laval University website :

"La population estimée de l'île de Saint-Martin serait de 32 800 habitants dans la partie française et à plus de 35 000 dans la partie néerlandaise."

Saint-Martin : 32800
Sint-Maarten : 35000

http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:mPS5x-813OMJ:www.tlfq.ulaval.ca/axl/amsudant/St-Martin_Fr.htm+saint-martin+%C3%AEle+population&hl=fr&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=fr

The wikipedia page, in French, estimate that there are 71000 inhabitants in the whole island.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Martin_(%C3%AEle)

So I think you can throw away your Atlas !!!

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Jan 11 09 11:10 AM

here is the information of Dutch wikipedia

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sint-Maarten_(eiland)

this comes closer to your info. May be there was an error print and should be added 2 figures before the 974. Your remark makes sense as the map in "De Bosatlas van Nederland" show relatively a big part of the island is build. Which means an over 1000 population per km2 looks far more logical that less than 30 per km2

On the French wikipedia side I saw an error. Amsterdam ins not siuated 50 degrees 23' North but 52 d 23' North.[/img]

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Jan 11 09 1:03 PM

I'm not very confident in Wikipedia's infrmations. That's why I first wrote what I've found on an other website.
900 inhabitants in Sint-Maarten really surprised me ! First I thought you were talking about the number of professional players.

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May 16 09 6:40 AM

Yesterday the majority (52%) of the electors in Curaçao have voted for autonomy. Curaçao will get the same status as Aruba has since 1986: a country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands. It is expected Sint-Maarten will also get such a status. Bonaire, Saba and Sint-Eustatius will be a Dutch municipality.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissolution_of_the_Netherlands_Antilles

This implies for international soccer following:
-> Netherlands Antilles will be replaced by Curaçao, because present Netherlands Antilles FA was (Gebiedsdeel) Curaçao FA untill 1948.
-> Sint-Maarten will form its own NT and should be new FIFA member.
-> Bonaire, Saba and Sint-Eustatius cannot have seperate NT's as they will be a Dutch municipality.

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May 16 09 12:53 PM

Sint Maarten cannot be FIFA's member. They are not independent

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May 17 09 9:08 AM

As St Maarten did not play for years, I do not expect them to try to affiliate with FIFA; they can stay in CONCACAF as associate member...
Can Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius join CONCACAF now ?

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May 17 09 11:30 AM

But as they cannot play in Dutch competitions , they could be allowed at CONCACAF ................ Or they will never play international football...

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Oct 25 09 8:45 PM

Netherlands Antilles will dissolve on 10 October 2010. Curaçao and (the Dutch part of) Sint-Maarten will be new autonomous countries. Bonaire, Saba and Sint-Eustatius will be special Dutch municipalities.
http://www.nu.nl/algemeen/2092987/antillen-volgend-jaar-opgeheven.html
Meanwhile Saba have left Netherlands Antilles on 31 August or 1 September 2009.
http://www.nu.nl/algemeen/2072669/saba-stapt-uit-de-nederlandse-antillen.html

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Oct 31 09 8:58 AM

so Neth Antilles NT can't recruit players from Saba now ?

(even they may recruit local players from Curacao, Bonaire only)

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/results/

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Nov 6 09 8:25 PM

Some news about the Netherlands Antilles dissolution on 10 October 2010, which has been formally arranged now. The Kingdom of the Netherlands will exist of the countries Netherlands (which include Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius and Saba), Curaçao, Aruba and Sint-Maarten. This means Netherlands Antilles will cease to exist as a country on 10 October 2010.
http://www.nu.nl/politiek/2117626/einde-nederlandse-antillen-formeel-geregeld.html
In soccer one may compare Netherlands Antilles somehow with former Czechoslovakia. Netherlands Antilles NT usually fielded 6-8 players from Curaçao and 3-5 from Aruba. Czechoslovakia usually fielded 7-8 Czechs and 3-4 Slovaks. Curaçao plays in Netherlands Antilles the same role als Czechia did in former Czechoslovakia.

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