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Learn more about Venezuela.
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela
Population: 25,017,387 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Caracas
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An Introduction to Venezuela
Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Colombia and Ecuador). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Current concerns include: an embattled president, a divided military, drug-related conflicts along the Colombian border, increasing internal drug consumption, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, and irresponsible mining operations that are endangering the rain forest and indigenous peoples.

Venezuela map

Map of Venezuela ( Location ) : 8 00 N, 66 00 W, Northern South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, between Colombia and Guyana. For additional reports and educational information specific to Venezuela, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Venezuelan Flag
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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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Venezuela.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 1.44%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 71.02 yrs - Male
    • 77.32 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 2,841,800 (2002)

Televisions:
    • 4.1 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 10,750,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .ve

Did you know ... People from Venezuela are called Venezuelans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook