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Venezuela Introduction

Venezuela is a prosperous South American country that ranks as one of the world's leading producers and exporters of petroleum.

Before its petroleum industry began to boom during the 1920's, Venezuela was one of the poorer countries in South America. Its economy was based on such agricultural products as cacao and coffee.

A Short Background

Venezuela was one of the 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: 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.

1UpTravel's Guide to Venezuela

Topography of Venezuela - Read more about the geography and topography of Venezuela

History of Venezuela - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Venezuela

Life & People of Venezuela - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Venezuela

Local Cuisine of Venezuela - Find out delicious local cuisines of Venezuela

Holidays in Venezuela - Check out a list of the local holidays in Venezuela

Festivals in Venezuela - Learn about the festivals in Venezuela

Embassies of Venezuela - Provides an Embassy database for Venezuela

Administration facts of Venezuela - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Venezuela

Newstands in Venezuela - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Venezuela

Attractions in Venezuela - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Venezuela

Maps of Venezuela - Discover a detailed map of Venezuela

Map Database of Venezuela - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Venezuela

Flags of Venezuela - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Venezuela. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Venezuela - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Venezuela

Shopping in Venezuela - Find out the best places for shopping in Venezuela

Restaurants in Venezuela - Browse a list of eat-outs in Venezuela

Geography of Venezuela - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Venezuela

People of Venezuela - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Venezuela

Government and Politics in Venezuela - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Venezuela.

Economy of Venezuela - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Venezuela

Communications in Venezuela - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Venezuela

Transportation in Venezuela - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Venezuela

Military of Venezuela - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Venezuela

Transnational Issues of Venezuela - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Venezuela


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