President: Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique (since 28 July 2001).
Government System: Constitutional Republic
Capital City: Lima
Population: 27,925,628 (July 2005 est.)
Climate: Varies from tropical in east to dry desert in west; temperate to frigid in Andes.
Internet Users: 2.85 million (2003).
Telephone Users (mobile/cellular): 2,908,800 (2003)
Literacy (total population): Total population: 87.7%.
Life Expectancy at Birth: Total population: 69.53 years.
Natural Resources: Copper, silver, gold, petroleum, timber, fish, iron ore, coal, phosphate, potash, hydropower, natural gas.
Industries: Mining and refining of minerals and metals, petroleum extraction and refining, natural gas, fishing and fish processing, textiles, clothing, food processing, steel, metal fabrication.
Agricultural Products: Coffee, cotton, sugarcane, rice, potatoes, corn, plantains, grapes, oranges, coca; poultry, beef, dairy products; fish.
Export Partners: US 29.5%, China 9.9%, UK 9%, Chile 5.1%, Japan 4.4% (2004).
Import Partners: US 30.3%, Spain 11.5%, Chile 7.2%, Brazil 5.4%, Colombia 5.2% (2004).
Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Flag Description: Three equal, vertical bands of red (hoist side), white, and red with the coat of arms centered in the white band; the coat of arms features a shield bearing a vicuna, cinchona tree (the source of quinine), and a yellow cornucopia spilling out gold coins, all framed by a green wreath.
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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/pe.html
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