Official English Name: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Official Local Name(s): República Bolívariana de Venezuela
Common English Name: Venezuela
Capital: Caracas

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Official Language(s)

Spanish
Secondary Languages:

Resources

Petroleum, Natural gas, Iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Hydropower, Diamonds

Neighbors

Brazil (South), Colombia (West), Guyana (East)

Ethnic groups

Venezuelan (92.5%), European (1.7%), Wayuu (1.3%), Chinese (1.3%), Colombian (0.5%)

People

Est. Population:

30,912,302

Demonym:

Venezuelan

Religions:

Roman Catholic (69.0%)
Atheist (14.8%)
Other Christian (8.2%)
Protestant (5.1%)
Indigenous (1.7%)

Largest City:

Maracaibo (2,165,400)

Other Cities:

Caracas (2,082,700)
Valencia (1,541,700)
Barquisimeto (1,060,400)
Ciudad Guayana (851,300)
Maturín (490,100)

Geography

Region:

Northern South America

Bodies of Water:

Caribbean Sea (Northwest)
Atlantic Ocean (East)

Total Area:

912,050 km2 (96.8% land, 3.2% water)

Total Land:

4,993 km

Total Coastline:

2,800 km

Climate

Tropical
Hot
Humid

Terrain:

Mountains and lowlands in the northwest
Central plains
Highlands in the southeast

Highest Point

Pico Bolivar (5,007 m)

Lowest Point

Sea Level

Natural Disasters

Flooding
Rockslides
Mudslides
Droughts

Government

Type:

Federal republic

Head of State and Government:

President Nicolás Maduro

Admin. Divisions

23 States
1 Capital district
1 Federal dependency

Independence:

5 July 1811 (from Spain)

Nat'l Symbol:

Troupial bird

Nat'l Anthem:

Gloria al bravo pueblo

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$16,700 (USD)

Currency

Bs.F (Bolívares fuertes)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = Bs.F (Bolívares fuertes)248,519.95

Communication

Internet Code

.ve

Telephone Code

+58

Episodes Mentioned In

Episode 48 - Venezuela (Pt. 2)
Posted on Tuesday October 17, 2017

Episode 24 - Venezuela
Posted on Friday October 28, 2016

Cultural Notes

Baseball is the most popular sport in Venezuela.

Sources

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/vt.html (Majority of information)
https://joshuaproject.net/countries/VE (Ethnic and religious data)
http://www.ine.gov.ve/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=98&Itemid=51 (City population data)
Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)
Information accurate to best of ability as of 26 December 2016