Venezuela

Intro

This presentation is on the country of Venezuela.  It is located in South America and the capital of Venezuela is Caracas.  The official language of Venezuela is Spanish, but there are more than 40 different languages that are spoken.  The population is 28,868,486 people and the life expectancy from birth is 74.39 years, males at 71.26 years and females at 77.67 years. 

Geography

Venezuela has many architectural and geographical landmarks which include the worlds highest waterfall, Angel Falls.(1,283 m) Venezuela also has caves which were the first to have quartzite in them and are found on top of tepuis and have been forming for up to 300 million years. "High table" mountains called tepuis, have abrupt sides which hold numerous bio types and many species of animals and plants.

Angel Falls

Venezuela's major cities are Caracas (the capital), Maracay, Valencia, Maracaibo, and Barquisimeto.  Caracas is the largest city in Venezuela with a population of over 2 million people.  It includes a variety of cultural activity's and world class museums or eclectic cuisine.  Maracay is alongside the Caribbean coast and has three major attractions which include the Plaza Bolivar of Maracay, San Jacinto Park,which is filled with many cultural cuisines and markets, and finally the Aviation Museum.

Climate

Venezuela has a balmy warm climate due to its location from the equator which is 8 degrees above it.  Its temperatures usually range from 79 to 89 degrees F.  All year round it usually stays a mild temp., but only in the mountain range areas is where temperatures can drop to about 48 degrees F.  The yearly rainfall depends on the region such as in the lowlands&plains area ranges from 430-1000 millimeters.  In the mountain areas it varies, in valleys it's very little rain and by slopes it's heavy rain.

Culture

Venezuela is run by a federal presidential republic government. Over 90% of Venezuela's people are Roman Catholic, about 8% are Protestant, and the rest different religions.

Men and women are considered to be legally equal, but there are differences in social expectations, wages, etc. Men are usually expected to do all the heavy lifting to support their families but now there are more and more women taking part in working. Which in turn creates conflict with the traditional expectations.

One of the most liveliest holidays of Venezuelans is Carnival which falls 3 days before Ash Wedn. Other holidays include Venezuela's Independence day on the 24 June. The Day of the Race on October 12, which holds religious significance to many people and is celebrated with parades.

The major sports that are played in Venezuela include baseball ,which is the most popular&competitive sport,soccer, volleyball ,which is a national sport, and basketball. Practically every city or town has a baseball team and from that come players who move onto the major leagues.

Interesting Facts

Venezuela's flag was made with the usual tricolor by their independence leader Francisco de Miranda. The red represents courage and the blue represents their independence from Spain. The seven stars represent seven provinces that supported Venezuela's independence and were added on in 1836. The eighth star ,added in 2006, was put to honor Simon Bolivar. The coat of arms on the top left side in the yellow stripe.

Venezuela is very bio-diverse, it has over 1400 species of birds, more than 300 kinds of mammals, and almost 1000 different types of fish. The most common animals are anacondas, stingrays, electric eels, foxes, porcupines, and river otters. The less common animals are the capybara, ocelots, peccaries, tamanduas, tapirs, and river dolphins.

Most transportation in Venezuela is rarely taken by boat cause there are only a few islands of the coast and used in the Rio Orinoco waterway. Buses are more used because they run day and night through major cities. Traveling by car is most common, the safety is reasonable and there are numerous gas stations with fuel that is about the cheapest in the world.

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