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USA - Introduction

Introduction to USA

Caricaturist's handiwork, San Francisco

The USA is home to several of the world's most exciting cities, some truly mind-blowing landscapes, a strong sense of regionalism, a trenchant mythology, more history than the country gives itself credit for and, arguably, some of the most approachable natives in the world.

Full country name: United States of America (USA)
Area: 9.63 million sq km
Population: 290 million
Capital City: Washington DC (pop: 607,000)
People: Caucasian (71%), African American (12%), Latino (12%), Asian (4%), Native American (0.9%)
Language: English, Spanish; Castilian, Native American languages
Religion: Protestant (56%), Roman Catholic (28%), Jewish (2%), Muslim (1%)
Government: constitution-based federal republic
Head of State: President George W Bush
GDP: US$10.45 trillion
GDP per capita: US$36,300
Inflation: 2.2%
Major Industries: Oil, electronics, computers, automobile manufacturing, aerospace industries, agriculture, telecommunications, chemicals, mining, processing and packaging
Major Trading Partners: Canada, Japan, Mexico, the EU

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