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Atlas Venezuela

Country (long form)
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Capital
Caracas
Total Area
352,144.47 sq mi
912,050.00 sq km
Population
23,542,649 (July 2000 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050
37,106,394
Languages
Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects
Literacy
91.1% total, 91.8% male, 90.3% female (1995 est.)
Religions
nominally Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%
Life Expectancy
70.05 male, 76.31 female (2000 est.)
Government Type
federal republic
Currency
1 bolivar (Bs) = 100 centimos
GDP (per capita)
$8,000 (1999 est.)
Labor Force (by occupation)
services 64%, industry 23%, agriculture 13% (1997 est.)
Industry
petroleum, iron ore mining, construction materials, food processing, textiles, steel, aluminum, motor vehicle assembly
Agriculture
corn, sorghum, sugarcane, rice, bananas, vegetables, coffee; beef, pork, milk, eggs; fish
Arable Land
4%
Exports
petroleum, bauxite and aluminum, steel, chemicals, agricultural products, basic manufactures (1998)
Imports
raw materials, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, construction materials (1999)
Natural Resources
petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, hydropower, diamonds
Current Environmental Issues
sewage pollution of Lago de Valencia; oil and urban pollution of Lago de Maracaibo; deforestation; soil degradation; urban and industrial pollution, especially along the Caribbean coast
Telephones (main lines in use)
2.6 million (1998)
Telephones (mobile cellular)
2 million (1998)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
11 (1999)