President or Prime Minister: Fidel CASTRO Ruz: (prime minister from February 1959 until 24 February 1976 when office was abolished; president since 2 December 1976).
Government System: Communist State
Capital City: Havana
Population: 11,346,670 (July 2005 est.)
Climate: Tropical; moderated by trade winds; dry season (November to April); rainy season (May to October).
Internet Users: 120,000
Telephone Users (mobile/cellular): 17,900 (2002)
Literacy (total population): Total population: 97%
Life Expectancy at Birth: Total population: 77.23 years
Natural Resources: Cobalt, nickel, iron ore, chromium, copper, salt, timber, silica, petroleum, arable land.
Industries: Sugar, petroleum, tobacco, construction, nickel, steel, cement, agricultural machinery, pharmaceuticals.
Agricultural Products: Sugar, tobacco, citrus, coffee, rice, potatoes, beans; livestock.
Export Partners: Netherlands 22.7%, Canada 20.6%, China 7.7%, Russia 7.5%, Spain 6.4%, Venezuela 4.4% (2004).
Import Partners: Spain 14.7%, Venezuela 13.5%, US 11%, China 8.9%, Canada 6.4%, Italy 6.2%, Mexico 4.9% (2004)
Currency: Cuban peso (CUP) and Convertible peso (CUC)
Flag description: Five equal horizontal bands of blue (top and bottom) alternating with white; a red equilateral triangle based on the hoist side bears a white, five-pointed star in the center; design influenced by the US flag
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REFERENCE - used by permission:
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency - The World Fact Book. Retrieved January 18, 2006, from http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/cu.html
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