The good, the bad and the ugly

Venezuela

 916,445

27.635.743
2 km

23 states 2,097,350

Caracas

45% E
Caracas

close to the equator
average temperatures vary little throughout the year

21°- 29° Beaches
Mountains Desert Forest

Los Roques Morrocoy Mochima

Pico Bolívar
4981 metres

Médanos de Coro
912.8 km²

Canaima National Park
World Heritage Site by UNESCO

2,810 m (9,219 ft) 

Monte Roraima

Angel Falls
979 m (3,212 ft)

National Symbols

Political System

Democracy Two major blocks
leftist block opposition block

Hugo Chávez Frías
(President since 1999)

Economy
Largely based on the petroleum sector

Gas is cheaper than water

Venezuela has one of the highest in ation rates in the world averaging 29.1% in 2010

Control exchange
Dual exchange rate system for the bolivar:

4.30 bolivars per 1 USD 5.30 bolivars per 1 USD 9.00 bolivars per 1USD
Minimum wage 1407,47 Bs.F (US$ 327.32 - £203) 1 month rent 4000 Bs.F (US$ 930.23 - £576.74)

Empanadas

Arepas

Breackfast

Pabellón
Lunch

Hallacas

Products for export Cerveza POLAR

Products for export Harina PAN

Products for export Ron Santa Teresa

Products for export Chocolate El Rey
Venezuelan cacao has a worldwide reputation. In 2006, the New York Serendipity restaurant celebrated the 50th anniversary ice cream creates "Golden Opulence" with chocolate from the region of Chuao, Sucre state.

Metro de Caracas

Metro de Caracas

Curiosities

Caracas is at number 15th on the list of the world’s most expensive cities to live

In Venezuela 45,000 people have cosmetic surgery every year (70% women y 30% men)

After the United States, Venezuela is the country with more Miss Universe - Miss Venezuela

Osmel Sousa

Informal economy:

42,7%

Informal economy:

42,7%

Informal economy:

42,7%

The Music

Popular
•  Joropo •  Gaita Zuliana •  Orquid rythm (Venezuelan rythm created by the musician, Hugo Blanco
The song has seen many versions in different languages, and has been a success even in countries like Japan or Indonesia.

Pop Rock

Los Amigos invisibles

Some interesting characters…

Carolina Herrera

Worldwide known fashion designer. There are ve Carolina Herrera agship boutiques in the world (New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Bal Harbor, and Las Vegas)

Andrés Galarraga

Better known as The Big Cat. A former Major League Baseball rst baseman who played for the Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels.

Gustavo Dudamel

Internationally acclaimed orquestra conductor. He is currently the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Gothenburg, Sweden, and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In concert next August, 5th in the Royal Albert Hall. Fully booked! The famous CBS show, 60 Minutes transmited a special program named "Gustavo The Great".

José A. Abreu

National Network of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela
El Sistema is a state foundation which watches over Venezuela's 125 youth orchestras. Its greatest achievement are the 250,000 children who attend its music schools around the country.

Edgar Ramírez

He played "Paz", a CIA assassin in the movie The Bourne Ultimatum. Participated in the Tony Scott movie, Domino.

Pastor Maldonado

Venezuelan racing driver currently running in Formula 1 with Williams F1.

Internet penetration
By 2010, Internet penetration in Venezuela reached 34.67% - 9,956,842 users Facebook is the most popular social networking – 9.4 billion page views every month Venezuelan Facebook users spend an average of 36 minutes and 40 seconds on Facebook Twitter is more popular in Venezuela than Linkedin and receives 1.8 million unique vistors per month generating 73 million page views.

The good, the bad and the ugly

Venezuela

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