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Cuba - Introduction

Introduction to Cuba

Massive white marble monument to Lenin in Parque Lenin, Havana

Cuba is the Caribbean's largest and least commercialised island and one of the world's last bastions of communism. Its relative political isolation has prevented it from being overrun by tourists, and locals are sincerely friendly to those who do venture in.

Full country name: Republic of Cuba
Area: 110,860 sq km
Population: 11 million
Capital City: Havana (pop 2,200,000)
People: 60% Spanish descent, 22% mixed-race, 11% African descent, 1% Chinese
Language: Spanish; Castilian
Religion: 47% Catholic, 4% Protestant, 2% SanterĂ­a (many Catholics also practice SanterĂ­a
Government: Communist republic
Head of State: President of the Council of State Fidel Castro
GDP: US$20 billion
GDP per capita: US$2,000
Annual Growth: 2.5%
Major Industries: Sugar, minerals, tobacco, agricultural, medicine & tourism
Major Trading Partners: Western Europe, Latin America, Russia, China, Iran & North Korea

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