Netherlands Antilles


In addition to the official anthem, which was that of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles also had a local anthem. This untitled work was written by Zahira Hiliman from St. Maarten island, and translated into the native Papiamento language by Lucille Berry-Haseth of Curacao island.

Each island of the Netherlands Antilles also had their own anthem, and Bonaire‘s anthem, without words, was the anthem of the entire Netherlands Antilles from 1964 to 2000. In 2000, 2004, and 2005, all the islands of the Netherlands Antilles have voted to either become separately administered areas (like Aruba did in 1986) or become a separate entity within the Netherlands (like the other provinces of the Netherlands proper), which led to the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in October, 2010. The anthem was therefore no longer used in any official capacity.