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Country name conventional long form: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
conventional short form: Puerto Rico
Gevernment typecommonwealth
Capital name: San Juan
geographic coordinates: 18 28 N, 66 07 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionfive equal horizontal bands of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a large, white, five-pointed star in the center; design initially influenced by the US flag, but similar to the Cuban flag, with the colors of the bands and triangle reversed
CurrencyUS dollar (USD)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsLas Mareas, Mayaguez, San Juan
Agriculture productssugarcane, coffee, pineapples, plantains, bananas; livestock products, chickens
Industriespharmaceuticals, electronics, apparel, food products, tourism
LocationCaribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic
Coordinates18 15 N, 66 30 W
ContinentCentral America and the Caribbean
Area total: 13,790 sq km
land: 8,870 sq km
water: 4,921 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline501 km
Climatetropical marine, mild; little seasonal temperature variation
Terrainmostly mountains with coastal plain belt in north; mountains precipitous to sea on west coast; sandy beaches along most coastal areas
Natural resourcessome copper and nickel; potential for onshore and offshore oil
Natural hazardsperiodic droughts; hurricanes
Population3,927,188 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupswhite (mostly Spanish origin) 80.5%, black 8%, Amerindian 0.4%, Asian 0.2%, mixed and other 10.9%
ReligionsRoman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%
LanguagesSpanish, English

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