Venezuela is a country in northern South America. Its official name is República Bolivariana de Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela). The official language is Spanish, and its capital is Caracas. Venezuela produces a large amount of oil every year, and has one of the largest oil supplies in the world.
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
República Bolivariana de Venezuela (Spanish)
Traditional: Dios y Federación
[God and the Federation]
Anthem: Gloria al Bravo Pueblo (Spanish)
Glory to the Brave People
and largest city
|Government||Federal presidential constitutional republic|
• from Spain
|5 July 1811|
• from Gran Colombia
|13 January 1830|
|30 March 1845|
|20 December 1999|
|916,445 km2 (353,841 sq mi) (33rd)|
• Water (%)
• 2011 estimate
• 2001 census
|30.2/km2 (78.2/sq mi) (181st)|
|GDP (PPP)||2010 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2010 estimate|
• Per capita
|HDI (2011)|| 0.735|
high · 73rd
|Currency||Bolívar fuerte (VEF)|
|Time zone||UTC– 4 (VET)|
|ISO 3166 code||VE|
^ The "Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" has been the full official title since the adoption of the new Constitution of 1999, when the state was renamed in honor of Simón Bolívar.
^ The Constitution also recognizes all indigenous languages spoken in the country.
^ Area totals include only Venezuelan-administered territory.
^ On 1 January 2008 a new bolivar, the bolívar fuerte (ISO 4217 code VEF), worth 1,000 VEB, was introduced.
Ancient Venezuelans came from the east, west, south, and north. Christopher Columbus was the first European to set foot on the land, but there were already natives living there for a long time. The Spaniards first conquered Venezuela. Slaves were imported from Africa.
Venezuela's inhabitants are very racially mixed. This comes from the colonial period. When whites (the British, Spaniards, French, etc.) conquered America's territory, they took their black African slaves to America to work. During Venezuela's colonial time, black people did not have any rights. They just worked for food. The native people were taught Roman Catholicism. For a long time, white creoles, people in Venezuela that were descended from Spaniards but considered Venezuela home, headed society. The Venezuelan people did not like that, and started thinking about independence. On July 24, 1823, Venezuela won its independence, led by Simón Bolívar. The current president is Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuela's modern history was shaped by a number of people, including President Romulo Betancourt, who replaced a military dictatorship with a democracy. By the 1970s, Venezuela had become rich off of oil revenue, but it had problems in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1999 Hugo Chávez became president and tried to remake Venezuela as a socialist state. While popular at first, the economic changes Chavez and the next president, Maduro passed caused a massive economic depression in the mid 2010s.
Venezuela is famous for being the home of Angel Falls, the world's tallest waterfall, which is located in the Bolivar state.
The population of Venezuela is about 28,946,101 people. The ethnic groups of the population are:
- 65%: multiracial.
- 21%: European.
- 10%: African.
- 3%: Amerindian.
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- "Para el 30 de octubre de 2011, 28.946.101 Total preliminar de personas en Venezuela". www.ine.gob.ve.