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    Sierra Maestra mountain range, highest area of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba Province, Granma Province
    Sierra Maestra, the highest area of Cuba is a mountain range located in Santiago de Cuba Province, a small part of Granma Province.
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    Solitary-star Flag of Cuba
    Solitary-star Flag of Cuba
    Location map of Cuba. Where in the Caribbean is Cuba?
    Location map of Cuba
    Destination Cuba, a virtual guide to the largest Caribbean island. The country is situated in the western West Indies, between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, south of Florida and The Bahamas, north of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
    Cuba shares maritime borders with The Bahamas, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, and the United States.

    Cuba is one of the islands of the Greater Antilles archipelago, the others are Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Cayman Islands.

    The island group of Cuba has a combined area of 109,884 km2 (42,426 sq mi), compared it is about the size of Bulgaria, or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

    The island nation has a population of 11.4 million (official estimate 2014); capital and largest city is Havana (Habana); official language is Spanish.

    Cuba is famous for its cigars, its rum made from sugar cane, its ladies, Salsa and other Cuban dance styles, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, 1950s-era cars, Spanish-colonial architecture, Cuban National Ballet, Buena Vista Social Club and Guantanamo Bay.

    Republic of Cuba | Republica de Cuba

    Country Profile

    Located in the Caribbean Sea, the Cuban archipelago comprises of the Cuba Island, the Youth Island and around 4200 islets and keys.

    The native Amerindian population of Cuba began to decline after the European discovery of the island by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 and following its development as a Spanish colony during the next several centuries.
    An US intervention during the Spanish-American War in 1898 overthrew finally Spanish rule.

    Fidel CASTRO led a rebel army to victory in 1959; his iron rule has held the country together since. Cuba's communist revolution, with Soviet support, was exported throughout Latin America and Africa during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

    related countries: USA, Russia

    Official Name:
    Republica de Cuba
    short form: Cuba
    int'l long form: Republic of Cuba

    ISO Country Code: cu, CUB

    Local Time = UTC -5h
    Actual Time: Thu-Nov-26  16:41

    Country Calling Code: +53

    Capital City: Habana (Havana, pop. 2 million)

    Other major Cities:
    Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey, Santa Clara, Holguin, Guantanamo, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Pinar del Rio.

    Type: Communist state; current government assumed power by force January 1, 1959.
    Independence: 20 May 1902 (from Spain 10 December 1898; administered by the US from 1898 to 1902).

    Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, 150 km south of Florida
    Area: 109,886 km2. (42,427 sq. mi.)
    Terrain: Flat or gently rolling plains, hills; mountains up to 2,000 meters (6,000 ft.) in the southeast.

    Climate: Tropical, moderated by trade winds; dry season (November-April); rainy season (May-October).

    Nationality: Cuban(s)
    Population: 11.4 million (2014); 70% urban, 30% rural.
    Ethnic groups: 51% mulatto, 37% white, 11% black, 1% Chinese (according to Cuban census data).
    Language: Spanish.
    Literacy: 95%.

    Natural resources: Nickel, cobalt, iron ore, copper, manganese, salt, timber.

    Agriculture products: Sugar, tobacco, citrus and tropical fruits, coffee, rice, beans, meat, vegetables.

    Industries: Sugar, petroleum, tobacco, construction, nickel, steel, cement, agricultural machinery, pharmaceuticals.

    Exports partners: Canada 17.7%, Venezuela 13.8%, China 13%, Netherlands 6.4%, Spain 5.4%, Belize 4.7% (2015)

    Imports partners:
    Venezuela 31.8%, China 17.6%, Spain 10%, Brazil 4.8% (2015)

    Currency: Cuban Peso (CUP)

    Cuba in Figures
    Cuba key statistical data.

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    Official Sites of Cuba

    Gobierno de la República de Cuba
    The Government site of the Republic of Cuba.

    Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular
    Cuban National Assembly.

    Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
    Ministry of Foreign Relations.

    Cuba vs Bloqueo
    Cuba against the Blockade site, Cuban point of view of the US blockade against Cuba.

    Diplomatic Missions
    Mision de Cuba ante Naciones Unidas
    Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba to the United Nations.
    Embajada de Cuba
    Embassy of Cuba, Canada
    Embajadas de Cuba en el Mundo
    Cuban embassies around the world.

    Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas
    National Statistic Office website (in Spanish)

    Cuba in Figures
    Cuba key statistical data.

    Instituto de Meteorología - INSMET
    Cuba weather information by Cuban Institute of Meteorology (in Spanish).


    Map of Cuba
    Administrative map of Cuba.
    Google Earth Google Earth Cuba
    Searchable map and satellite view of Cuba.
    Google Earth Google Earth Havana
    Searchable map and satellite view of Cuba's capital city.

    Map of Central America and the Caribbean
    Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 

    Cuba News

    News Agencies
    Agencia Informativa Latinoamericana S.A.
    Cuban based press agency.
    Agencia Cubana de Noticias - ACN
    Cuban News Agency.

    General country information and current news.
    Granma Diario
    Granma International Edition with news from Cuba.
    Radio Habana Cuba
    National news (not very up-to-date).

    CubaNet News
    US-Florida based site with "Cuba news from independent journalist on the Island" (in Spanish, French and English).

    Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba


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    Cuban American cars still on the road
    Cuban American cars. In 1960 United States embargo against Cuba ended both importation of cars and their parts. Since then, many rides had been modified inevitably, with spare parts often scavenged from Soviet cars.
    Image: michele spinnato

    Arts & Culture

    Cultura Cubana - a portal to cultural information on Cuba.
    Conexión Cubana
    Comprehensive information about Cuban Culture (in Spanish).
    Huge art project with a variety of artists from Cuba.
    La Papeleta
    Collaborative bulletin board and calendar of events for art, music, cinema, and other cultural activities.

    The city of Cienfuegos' Culture Portal.

    Arts and Literature
    Fábrica de Arte Cubano
    Artistic project to promote the work of artists from Cuba.
    Arte cubano. Galerias cubanas
    A portal site of five cuban art galleries presenting Cuban artists.
    A portal to Cuban literature (in Spanish).
    Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
    Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts.

    Ballet Nacional de Cuba
    The celebrated National Ballet of Cuba, founded in 1948.
    Rosario Cárdenas
    Site about the director and choreographer of the dance company Danza Combinatoria.

    Cubacine. El Portal del Cine Cubano
    Site about Cuban cinematics.

    National Library
    Biblioteca Nacional José Martí
    National Library of Cuba "José Martí" (in Spanish).

    Ministerio de Cultura
    official website of the Ministerio de Cultura de la República de Cuba (in Spanish).
    Havana City Cuba
    Havana City © Cubanacan

    National Ballet of Cuba
    National Ballet of Cuba
    © Cubanacan
    National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
    National Museum of Fine Arts
    © CubaInfo

    Business & Economy

    Cámara de Comercio de la Republica de Cuba
    Official website of Cuba's Chamber of Commerce (in Spanish).

    Cubana de Aviación, Cubana Airlines serves national and international destinations in the Caribbean and the Americas.


    Horse-drawn carriage in old Havana
    © Cuba-pictures.com, David Stanley
    National Theater and Parque Central Hotel, Havana
    National Theatre and Parque Central Hotel in Havana.
    Image: Tony Hisgett

    Travel and Tour Consumer Information

    Destination Cuba - Travel and Tour Guides

    Discover Cuba: Pinar del Río, Havana, Varadero, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Trinidad de Cuba, Jardínes del Rey, Santa Lucía de Cuba, Holguín, Santiago de Cuba.
    Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, cruising, diving, tours and much more.

    Oficina Nacional de Información Turística
    Travel and Tourism Cuba, the official Tourist guide to Cuba.

    Another official Tourist guide to Cuba.

    Cuba information by the Tourist Office of Cuba in Frankfurt.
    Site of the biggest tourism organisation of Cuba with extensive information on travel and tourism in Cuba.
    This gallery introduces the 14 provinces of Cuba by a collection of 126 travel photos taken by David Stanley.
    General country and travel information.

    Hotel National
    Havana's most famous 5 star hotel with sixty years of history.

    UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cuba
    World Heritage Site Old Havana and its Fortification System
    Founded about 1519 by the Spanish, the city became the largest port in the region and a meeting point for the Spanish treasure fleets. In the 17th century Havana has grown to one of the Caribbean's major centers for ship-building.

    World Heritage Site Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
    Founded in the early 16th century, the city was a bridgehead for the conquest of the American continent and became a center for the sugar industry in the late 18th century.

    World Heritage Site San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba
    Santiago de Cuba has the best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture consisting of a complex of forts, magazines, bastions and batteries.

    World Heritage Site Vi?ales Valley
    The valley is located in the Sierra de los órganos mountains in the western part of the island. The valley is famous for its dramatic rocky outcrops and the production of tobacco using traditional techniques.

    Vi?ales Valley, Sierra de los órganos, Cuba
    Vi?ales Valley in the Sierra de los órganos mountains in the Pinar del Río Province of Cuba.
    Image: Kirua


    Universidades y centros de investigación
    List of universities and research centers in Cuba by the Ministerio de Educación Superior.

    Biblioteca Nacional "José Martí"
    The National Library of Cuba. (Spanish)

    Academia de Ciencias de Cuba
    The Academy of Science of Cuba.

    Universidad de La Habana
    The University of Havana, founded in 1728, greatest and oldest university in the Caribbean.


    Environment & Nature

    Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean
    PBS features about Cuba's nature.

    The Nature of Cuba
    Smithsonian Magazin article about Cuba's nature.

    El Yunque, Cuba
    View of El Yunque from Baracoa.
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    History of Cuba
    Cuba's history at a glance.



    Cuba Directory.

    LANIC: Cuba
    Directory of Cuba online information.

    Additional Information on Cuba

    Amnesty International: Cuba

    BBC Country Profile: Cuba

    FAO: Cuba

    GlobalEDGE: Cuba

    The Heritage Foundation: Cuba

    Human Rights Watch: Cuba

    OEC: Cuba

    Reporters Without Borders: Cuba

    Wikipedia: Cuba

    The World Factbook -- Cuba
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