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Venezuela

  1. 1. VenezuelaOfficial Name: RepublicaBolivariana de Venezuela
  2. 2. Geography• Continent: South America• Capital: Caracas• Largest City: Caracas• Natural Resources: petroleum, natural gas*, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, diamonds• Terrain: Andes Mountains y Maracaibo Lowlands in NW, central plains, Guiana Highlands in SE• Angel Falls- world’s highest waterfall• On major sea and air routes linking North/South America
  3. 3. Government• Federal republic• Head of State: Hugo Chavez Frais http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/world/americas/venezuela-presidential- election.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/08/us-venezuela-election- idUSBRE89601Z20121008• Independence: 5 July 1811 (from Spain)• 23 states– administrative divisions Amazonas, Anzoategui, Apure, Aragua, Barinas, Bolivar, Carabobo, Cojedes, Delta Amacuro, DependenciasFederales, Distrito Federal, Falcon, Guarico, Lara, Merida, Miranda, Monagas, Nueva Esparta, Portuguesa, Sucre, Tachira, Trujillo, Vargas, Yaracuy, Zulia note: the federal dependency consists of 11 federally controlled island groups with a total of 72 individual islands
  4. 4. Language• Primary Language: Spanish• Other Languages: Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects
  5. 5. Ethnicity• Ethnic Groups: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, Af rican, indigenous people• Nationality: VENEZUELAN
  6. 6. Religion• Primary Religion: Roman Catholic• Other Religions: nominally Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%, other 2%Holidays: Three Wise Men Day (Jan 6) Carnival (February) Indigenous Resistance Day (Oct 12) Catholic Holidays
  7. 7. Food
  8. 8. Climate• General Climate: tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands• Natural Hazards: subject to floods, rockslides, mudslides; periodic droughts
  9. 9. Economy• Currency: bolivar• Currency Exchange Rate History: bolivares per US dollar - 2,089.8 (2005), 1,891.3 (2004), 1,607 (2003), 1,161 (2002), 723.7 (2001)• Agricultural Products: corn, sorghum, sugarcane, rice, bananas, vegetables, coffee; beef, pork, milk, eggs; fish• Primary Industries: petroleum, construction materials, food processing, textiles; iron ore mining, steel, aluminum; motor vehicle assembly
  10. 10. People

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