New Countries: Curaçao, Sint Maarten and “Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba”
December 20, 2010
Three new countries came into being after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in October 2010. Curaçao and Sint Maarten became countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands whereas Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius became special municipalities of the Netherlands proper. ISO assigned the code BQ to the three BES islands, which results in the following table:
|Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba||BQ||BES||535||NL||USD|
Note: The newly assigned ISO code ‘BQ’ may cause some issues as it was already in use in the past. Till 1979 it referred to the British Antarctic Territory (codes BQ, ATB) before it was merged with Antarctica (AQ).