||Elected legislative officials from all the islands
that make up the Netherlands Antilles congregate regularly in Curaçao
to preside over the running of government. Each island within the
Netherlands Antilles runs its internal affairs through an island council
and executive council, comprising elected members of the island council
and a governor, who is appointed by the queen.
There is very little or no government restrictions on foreign-owned
businesses in Curaçao, in fact, foreign investment is highly
There are compulsory social security schemes covering sickness and
old age pensions as follows:
introduced the national 'AVBZ' health care scheme in 1997; employees
contribute 1.5% of taxable pay with a maximum of NAf 6,000 annually;
employers contribute 0.5% of taxable pay with a maximum of NAf 1,500
financed through employee contributions of 5% of gross wages to a
maximum pay of NAf 40,000; the employer pays 6% to the same maximum.
Non-residents are subject to social security taxes.
Curaçao's legal system is based on Dutch civil law system,
with some English common law influence and has two levels of government:
a central (federal) government and a territorial (state) government.
The central government consists of three bodies, a consists of three
bodies, namely a Governor General, who represents the Queen of Holland,
an executive council (21 members), and an island council. The island
council is elected every four years, however their election years
do not coincide with the elections of the central government.
The state's affairs is covered by the central government and includes
areas such as police, Communications, taxes, public health, education,
establishment of enterprises, and labor legislation. The island's
infrastructure is taken care of by the local government, while defense
and foreign affairs fall under the responsibility of the Dutch Government.
There are statutory minimum wages in the Netherlands Antilles of NAf
1,000 for industrial workers and NAf 900 for trade and services workers
(in each case, relating to a standard 5-day 40 hour week).
Other than for native Antillean's, or long-term residents (more than
10 years), employees working in the Netherlands Antilles require residence
and work permits.
Residence permits have to be applied for in person at the Governor's
offices; a good deal of personal, medical and financial information
and documentation is required.
Work permits have to be applied for by employers, after advertising
a position in local newspapers and failing to fill it.