Venezuela Yonassia Gallman

People & Society: 30,912,302 (July 2016 est.)

Natural Resourses: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, hydropower, diamonds.

Land Usage: agricultural land: 24.5%. arable land 3.1%; permanent crops 0.8%; permanent pasture 20.6% forest: 52.1% other: 23.4% (2011 est.

Enviormental 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; threat to the rainforest ecosystem from irresponsible mining operations

Type Of Government: federal presidential republic
Economy: Agriculture Products: corn, sorghum, sugarcane, rice, bananas, vegetables, coffee; beef, pork, milk, eggs; fish Industries: agricultural products, livestock, raw materials, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, construction materials, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, iron and steel products, crude oil and petroleum products. Total Labor Force: 14.16 million (2016 est.) Labor Force By Occupation: agriculture: 7.3% industry: 21.8% services: 70.9% (4th quarter, 2011).

Exports:

$28.07 billion (2016 est.)

country comparison to the world: 61

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:

$27.13 billion (2016 est.)

$36.46 billion (2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 64

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)

1. In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes

2. There is a persistent storm at Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. Lightning storms occur for about 10 hours a night

3.There's a nightclub inside a prison in Venezuela

4. Oil is cheaper than water in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia

5. Angel Falls in Venezuela is 17 times higher than Niagara

6. Baseball is the most popular sport in the country

7. Most Venezuelans do not own hot water heaters, and take cold showers each night. Bath tubs are also not very common.

8. Slavery was abolished in the country in 1854, long before many other countries abolished the act

9. The Joropo is the national dance of the country, and is performed during national holidays and festivals

10. 73% of Venezuela┬┤s electricity is produced by one major hydroelectric power plant and dam

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