President: Hugo CHAVEZ Frias (since 3 February 1999).
Government System: Federal Republic
Capital City: Caracas
Population: 25,375,281 (July 2005 est.)
Climate: Tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands.
Internet Users: 1,274,400 (2002)
Telephone Users (mobile/cellular): 6,463,600 (2002)
Literacy (total population): Total population: 93.4%
Life Expectancy at Birth: Total population: 74.31 years.
Natural Resources: Petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, hydropower, diamonds.
Industries: Petroleum, iron ore mining, construction materials, food processing, textiles, steel, aluminum, motor vehicle assembly.
Agricultural Products: Corn, sorghum, sugarcane, rice, bananas, vegetables, coffee; beef, pork, milk, eggs; fish.
Export Partners: US 55.6%, Netherlands Antilles 4.7%, Dominican Republic 2.8% (2004).
Import Partners: US 28.8%, Colombia 9.9%, Brazil 7%, Mexico 4.1% (2004).
Currency: Bolivar (VEB)
Flag Description: Three equal horizontal bands of yellow (top), blue, and red with the coat of arms on the hoist side of the yellow band and an arc of seven white five-pointed stars centered in the blue band.
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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/ve.html
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