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 PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL
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Background: Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status.
 
 
Common Name: Puerto Rico Local Official Name: Puerto Rico
Abbreviated Name: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Official Name: Puerto Rico
Official Script Name: Puerto Rico Local Common Name: Puerto Rico
Former Name: Puerto Rico Territory of: United States
 
Head of State: President George W. BUSH of the US
 
Government Type: commonwealth
 
Independence: none (territory of the US with commonwealth status)
 
Constitution: ratified 1952 March 3 (approved by US Congress 1952 Jul
 
National Holiday: US Independence Day, 4 July
 
International Organization Participation: Interpol (subbureau), IOC, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WToO (associate)
 
Administrative Divisions: none (territory of the US with commonwealth status); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 78 municipalities (municipios, singular - municipio) at the second order; Adjuntas, Aguada, Aguadilla, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Anasco, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamon, Cabo Rojo, Caguas, Camuy, Canovanas, Carolina, Catano, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guanica, Guayama, Guayanilla, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Hatillo, Hormigueros, Humacao, Isabela, Jayuya, Juana Diaz, Juncos, Lajas, Lares, Las Marias, Las Piedras, Loiza, Luquillo, Manati, Maricao, Maunabo, Mayaguez, Moca, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Penuelas, Ponce, Quebradillas, Rincon, Rio Grande, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San German, San Juan, San Lorenzo, San Sebastian, Santa Isabel, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, Yabucoa, Yauco
 
Dependent Areas: unincorporated, organized territory of the US with commonwealth status; policy relations between Puerto Rico and the US conducted under the jurisdiction of the Office of the President
 
Legal System: based on Spanish civil code and adapted US state laws
 
Suffrage: 18 years
 
Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches: Executive Branch: chief of state: President George W. BUSH of the US (since 20 January 2001); Vice President Richard B. CHENEY (since 20 January 2001) head of government: Governor Anibal ACEVEDO-VILA (since 2 January 2005) cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor with the consent of the legislature elections: under the US Consitution, residents of unincorporated territories, such as Puerto Rico, do not vote in elections for US president and vice president; governor elected by popular vote for a four-year term (no term limits); election last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008) election results: Anibal ACEVEDO-VILA (PPD) elected governor; percent of vote - 48.4% Legislative Branch: bicameral Legislative Assembly consists of the Senate (at least 27 seats - currently 29; members are directly elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) and the House of Representatives (51 seats; members are directly elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) elections: Senate - last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008); House of Representatives - last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008) election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - PNP 43.4%, PPD 40.3%, PIP 9.4%; seats by party - PNP 17, PPD 9, PIP 1; House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - PNP 46.3%, PPD 43.1%, PIP 9.7%; seats by party - PNP 32, PPD 18, PIP 1 note: Puerto Rico elects, by popular vote, a resident commissioner to serve a four-year term as a nonvoting representative in the US House of Representatives; aside from not voting on the House floor, he enjoys all the rights of a member of Congress; elections last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008); Luis FORTUNO elected resident commissioner; results - percent of vote by party - PNP 48.6%; seats by party - PNP 1 Judicial Branch: Supreme Court; Appellate Court; Court of First Instance composed of two sections: a Superior Court and a Municipal Court (justices for all these courts appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate)
 
Party Leaders: National Democratic Party [Celeste BENITEZ]; National Republican Party of Puerto Rico [Dr. Tiody FERRE]; New Progressive Party or PNP (pro-US statehood) [Pedro ROSSELLO]; Popular Democratic Party or PPD (pro-commonwealth) [Anibal ACEVEDO-VILA]; Puerto Rican Independence Party or PIP (pro-independence) [Ruben BERRIOS Martinez]
 
International Disputes: NA
 
Illicit Drugs: increasing numbers of illegal migrants from the Dominican Republic cross the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico each year looking for work 
 
 
 PUERTO RICAN GEOGRAPHY
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Location of Puerto Rico: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic
 
Continent: North America Land Area Total: 13,790 sq km 
Region: Caribbean Land Area Land: 8,870 sq km
Capitol City: San Juan Land Area Water: 4,921 sq km
      
Latitude: 018 15 N Border Boundary Land: 0 km
Longitude: 066 30 W Border Boundary Coastline: 501 km 
  
Arable Land: 3.69 % Pastures: 0.00 %
Crops: 5.59 % Woodlands and Forests: 0.00
  
Highest Elevation: 1,338 m Location: Cerro de Punta
Lowest Elevation: 0 m Location: Caribbean Sea
  
Largest City in Puerto Rico: Largest City Population: 0
  
Threatened Species: 0
 
Environmental Issues: erosion; occasional drought causing water shortages
 
Environmental Agreements: NA
 
Irrigated Land: 400
 
Bordering Countries: NA
 
Natural Resources: some copper and nickel; potential for onshore and offshore oil
 
Geographical Terrain: mostly mountains, with coastal plain belt in north; mountains precipitous to sea on west coast; sandy beaches along most coastal areas
 
Comparative Area of Puerto Rico: slightly less than three times the size of Rhode Island
 
Puerto Rico's Geography: important location along the Mona Passage - a key shipping lane to the Panama Canal; San Juan is one of the biggest and best natural harbors in the Caribbean; many small rivers and high central mountains ensure land is well watered; south coast relatively
 

 PUERTO RICAN CLIMATE
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General Climate: tropical marine, mild; little seasonal temperature variation
 
Natural Hazards: periodic droughts; hurricanes
 
 
 PUERTO RICAN ECONOMY
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Economic Overview: Puerto Rico has one of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean region. A diverse industrial sector has far surpassed agriculture as the primary locus of economic activity and income. Encouraged by duty-free access to the US and by tax incentives, US firms have invested heavily in Puerto Rico since the 1950s. US minimum wage laws apply. Sugar production has lost out to dairy production and other livestock products as the main source of income in the agricultural sector. Tourism has traditionally been an important source of income, with estimated arrivals of nearly 5 million tourists in 2004. Growth fell off in 2001-03, largely due to the slowdown in the US economy, and has recovered in 2004-2005.
 
 
GDP: $73,270,000,000 USD Currency: US dollar
GDP per Capita: $18,700 USD Currency Code: USD
GDP Growth Rate: 2.50 %
  
Currency Exchange Rate History: the US dollar is used
  
  
GDP of Agriculture: 1.00 % GDP of Industry: 45.00 %
GDP of Services: 54.00 %  
   
Inflation Rate: 6.50 % Population in Poverty: 0.00 %
Unemployment Rate: 12.00 % Tourism: 0.00 visitors each year
   
Consumption by lowest 10%: 0.00 % Budget Revenue in USD: $6,700,000,000 USD
Consumption by upper 10%: 0.00 % Budget Expenditures in USD: $9,600,000,000 USD
   
Electricity Production: 23,030,000,000 kWh Electricity Exports: 0 kWh
Electricity Consumption: 21,420,000,000 kWh Electricity Imports: 0 kWh

Electricity Production by Source:
 
Fossil Fuel Electricity Production: 99.22% Nuclear Electricity Production: 0.00%
Hydro Electricity Production: 0.78% Other Electricity Production: 0.00%
   
Oil Production: 436 barrels per day Natural Gas Production: 0 cu m
Oil Consumption: 218,000 barrels per day Natural Gas Consumption: 740,000,000 cu m
Oil Exports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Exports: 0 cu m
Oil Imports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Imports: 630,000,000 cu m
Proven Oil Reserves: 0 barrels Proven Natural Gas Reserves: 0 cu m
   
External Debt: $0 USD Received in economic aid: $0 USD
  Donated in economic aid: $0 USD
   
Agricultural Products: sugarcane, coffee, pineapples, plantains, bananas; livestock products, chickens
 
Primary Industries: pharmaceuticals, electronics, apparel, food products, tourism
 
Industrial Growth Rate: 0.00 %
  
  
Import Amount in USD: $29,100,000,000 USD - chemicals, machinery and equipment, clothing, food, fish, petroleum products
 
Import Partners: US 55.0%, Ireland 23.7%, Japan 5.4%
 
Export Amount in USD: $46,900,000,000 USD - chemicals, electronics, apparel, canned tuna, rum, beverage concentrates, medical equipment
 
Export Partners: US 90.3%, UK 1.6%, Netherlands 1.4%, Dominican Republic 1.4%
 
    
GINI Index: 0.00%
 
Labor Force Number of People: 1,300,000
 
Labor Force by Occupations: agriculture 3%, industry 20%, services 77%
 
  
 PUERTO RICAN COMMUNICATIONS
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Radio Broadcast Stations: 127 Number of People with Radios: 2,700,000
Television Broadcast Stations: 32 Number of People with Televisions: 1,021,000
Number of People with Mainline Telephones: 1,111,900 Number of People with Mobile Phones: 2,682,000
 
Internet Service Providers: 404 Internet Users: 1,000,000
 
Internet Country Code: .pr Newspapers: 0
Two Letter Country Code: RQ Weights and Measures:
Phone Country Code: 1-787 Electricity Voltage: 120 Volts
  
Telephone Systems: general assessment: modern system integrated with that of the US by high-capacity submarine cable and Intelsat with high-speed data capability domestic: digital telephone system; cellular telephone service international: country code - 1-787, 939; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat; submarine cable to US
 
  
 PUERTO RICAN TRANSPORTATION
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Highways: 24,363 km Railways: 96 km
Gas And Oil Pipelines: 0 km Waterways: 0 km
Airports: 17 Heliports: 0
 
Motor Vehicles: 0 per 1,000 people CO2 Emissions: 0 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  Per capita CO2 emissions: 0.00 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  
Merchant Marines: total: 3 ships (1000 GRT or over) 77,177 GRT/50,138 DWT by type: roll on/roll off 3 foreign-owned: 3 (US 3) registered in other countries: 1 (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1)
 
Ports and Harbors: Las Mareas, Mayaguez, San Juan
 
  
 PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE
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Population: 3,927,188 people type - nationality Birth Rate: 12.77 births per 1,000 people
Population Density: 0.00 people per sq km Death Rate: 7.65 deaths per 1,000 people
Population Growth: 0.40% per year Fertility Rate per Women: 1.75 babies born per woman
 
Population Male 0-14: 428,610 Population Female 0-14: 409,484
Population Male 15-64: 1,239,255 Population Female 15-64: 1,345,519
Population Male 65+: 218,045 Population Female 65+: 286,275
 
Population 0-14: 21.30% Literacy Rate: 94.10%
Population 15-64: 65.80% Literacy rate of Males: 93.90%
Population 65+: 12.80% Literacy rate of Females: 94.40%
 
Population that is Male: 52.50 % Population that is Female: 47.50%
Life expectancy at birth in years: 78.40 years Infant mortality rate - baby deaths per 1000 births: 9.14 Babies die per 1,000 births
Life expectancy at birth for Males: 74.46 years Life expectancy at birth for Females: 82.54 years
 
Rate of AIDS/HIV infection: 0.00% Number of people living with AIDS or HIV: 7,397
Number of people who died of AIDS: 0
   
Disease Risk:
 
Diseases:
 
Net Migration Rate per 1,000 people: -1.14
 
Nationality: PUERTO RICAN
 
Ethnic Groups: white (mostly Spanish origin) 80.5%, black 8%, Amerindian 0.4%, Asian 0.2%, mixed and other 10.9% 
 
  
Primary Language: Spanish
 
Other Languages: Spanish, English
 
 
Primary Religion: Roman Catholic
 
Other Religions: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%
 
  
 PUERTO RICAN MILITARY
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Branches: no regular indigenous military forces; paramilitary National Guard, Police Force Note: defense is the responsibility of the US
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: NA years
 
Manpower Available: 0 People
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 0 People
 
Amount of Manpower Available each Year: 0 People per year
 
Expenditures: $0 USD per year
 
Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 0.00
 
 
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