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, officially, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a country in northern South America, that borders the Caribbean Sea in north and the North Atlantic Ocean in east.
Flag of Venezuela (since 2007)
Neighboring countries are Colombia in west and south west, Brazil in south and Guyana in east. The country shares also overlapping maritime borders with Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Puerto Rico.
With an area of 912,000 km² Venezuela is slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Germany or slightly more than twice the size of the U.S. state of California
Venezuela has a population of 31.1 million inhabitants (in 2015) of whom 6 million live in the capital and largest city Caracas. The country's population is concentrated along the Caribbean coast, only 5% of all Venezuelans live south of the course of Orinoco river. Official language is Spanish
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela | República Bolivariana de Venezuela
Venezuela was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Colombia and Ecuador).
For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959.
Under Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, and his hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, the executive branch has exercised increasingly authoritarian control over other branches of government. At the same time, democratic institutions have deteriorated, threats to freedom of expression have increased, and political polarization has grown.
Current concerns include: an increasingly politicized military, rampant violent crime, high inflation, and widespread shortages of basic consumer goods, medicine, and medical supplies, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, and irresponsible mining operations that are endangering the rain forest and indigenous peoples.
Venezuela assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2015-16 term.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)
República Bolivariana de Venezuela
short form: Venezuela
int'l long form: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
ISO Country Code: ve
Local Time = UTC -4:30 h
Actual Time: Tue-Feb-21 05:40
Country Calling Code: +58
Capital City: Caracas (pop. 6 million)
Other major Cities:
Maracaibo, Valencia, Barquisimeto.
Type: Federal Republic.
Independence: 5 July 1811.
Constitution: 30 December 1999.
Location: Northern South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Area: 912,050 km² (352,143 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Andes Mountains and Maracaibo Lowlands in northwest; central plains; Guiana Highlands in southeast.
Climate: Varies from tropical to temperate, depending on elevation.
Population: 31.1 million (2015)
Ethnic groups: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African, Amerindian.
Religion: Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%, other 2%
Languages: Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects.
Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, hydropower, diamonds.
Agriculture products: Corn, sorghum, sugarcane, rice, bananas, vegetables, coffee; beef, pork, milk, eggs; fish.
Industries: Petroleum, iron ore mining, construction materials, food processing, textiles, steel, aluminum, motor vehicle assembly.
Exports - commodities: petroleum and petroleum products, bauxite and aluminum, minerals, chemicals, agricultural products
Exports partners: US 26.6%, India 13.7%, China 11.7%, Cuba 6.4% (2015)
Imports - commodities: agricultural products, livestock, raw materials, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, construction materials, medical equipment, petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, iron and steel products
Imports - partners: US 18.4%, China 15.3%, Brazil 9.7%, Colombia 5.9%, Mexico 4.2% (2015)
Currency: Bolivar (VEB)
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Official Sites of VenezuelaMinisterio de la Presidencia de la República de Venezuela
Official site of the Presidency of Venezuela (Spanish)
Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela
The National Assembly of Venezuela.
Gobierno en Línea
Venezuela's Government portal site (Spanish)
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (MRE)
The Ministry of External Relations
Misión Permanente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela ante las Naciones Unidas
Venezuela's representation to the United Nations.
Embassy of the Republic of Venezuela
Embajada de Venezuela en Washington.
Diplomatic Missions of Venezuela
Address list of Venezuela's Diplomatic Missions Abroad.
Oficina Central de Estadística e Informática
Central Office of statistics (in Spanish)
Map of Venezuela
Political Map of Venezuela.
Google Earth Venezuela
Searchable map and satellite view of Venezuela.
Google Earth Caracas
Searchable map and satellite view of Venezuela's capital.
Map of South America
Reference map of South America.
Venezuelan News (in Spanish)
Venezuelan News and Infos (in Spanish)
Magazine Venevision (in Spanish) Yahoo! News Full Coverage-Venezuela
Bookmark/share this page
Arts & CultureBiblioteca Nacional de Venezuela
The National Library of Venezuela (in Spanish)
Galería de Arte Nacional
Museum for Venezuelan Art.
Sofía Imber Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas
Caracas contemporary art museum.
Business & EconomyBanco Central de Venezuela
The Central Bank of Venezuela.
Bolsa de Valores de Caracas
Caracas Stock Exchange.
Camara de Comercio de Caracas Dreccion Ejecutiva
Chamber of Commerce Caracas.
Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. - PDVSA
Venezuela's state oil company.
Aerovias Venezolanas, S.A
Destination Venezuela - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Venezuela, the Andes and the Amazonas: tourist boards, attractions, festivals, events, accommodation, hotels, biking, hiking, trekking, climbing, diving, tours and much more.
Buró de Convenciones y Visitantes Venezuela (in Spanish)
Venezuela Conventions and Visitors Bureau with information on travel and tourism in Venezuela (in English)
A Tourism Directory.
Virtual Venezuela - in Spanish.
A Guide to Venezuela.
Web Turístico de Margarita - provides information on the islands Margarita, Cubagua and Coche.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
EducationUniversidad Central de Venezuela
Universidad de Los Andes
Mérida, as a study center founded in 1785, 1810 transformed into University
Universidad Nueva Esparta
Universidad Simón Bolívar
Founded in 1968 (Spanish)
Environment & NatureMinisterio del Ambiente y de los Recursos Naturales Renovables
Ministry of the environment and renewable natural resources (in Spanish)
HistoryA brief History of Venezuela
From the Embassy of Venezuela, Washington DC
History of Venezuela
Comprehensive information about Venezuela's history
WWW-VL History Index: Venezuela
Index of links for the History of Venezuela
Venezuela en la Web (Spanish)
El Kiosk Virtual (Spanish)
Latin America on the Net: Venezuela
Links to Venezuela by latinworld.com
Venezuela Online Networks
Directory of Venezuelan sites.
Additional Information on VenezuelaBBC News Country Profile: Venezuela
Latin American Network Information Center on Venezuela.
Open Directory Project: Venezuela
The World Factbook -- Venezuela
Other Countries of South America:
Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Ecuador | French Guiana
Guyana | Paraguay | Peru | Suriname | Uruguay
Countries of Middle and Central America:
Belize | Costa Rica | El Salvador | Guatemala | Honduras | Mexico | Nicaragua | Panama
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