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country code: CU
continent: North America
EU membership: no
NATO membership: no
GPS: 21 30 N, 80 00 W
Cuban Peso: CUP
1CUP = 1.000 USD
1CUP = 0.790 EUR
Travel advices and warnings Cuba
||Tourism in Cuba attracts over 2 million people a year, and is one of the main sources of revenue for the island. With its favorable climate, beaches, colonial architecture and distinct cultural history, Cuba has long been an attractive destination for tourists. Having been Spain's last, oldest, and closest colony until 1901, in the first part of the 20th century Cuba continued to benefit from big investments, creation of industries, and immigration. Its proximity and close relation to the United States also helped Cuba's market economy prosper fairly quickly. As relations between Cuba and the United States deteriorated rapidly after the Cuban Revolution and the resulting expropriation and nationalisation of businesses, the island became cut off from its traditional market by an embargo and a travel ban was imposed on U. S. citizens visiting Cuba. The tourist industry declined to record low levels within two years of Castro's accession to power. By the mid 1960s the Communist government had banned and eliminated all private property, outlawed the possession of foreign currency, and eliminated the tourist industry all together.
||The culture of Cuba is a complex mixture of different, often contrasting, factors and influences. Cuba is a meeting point of European, African and continental North American cultures; little of the original Amerindian culture survives. Since 1959, the Cuban Revolution has also greatly affected Cuban culture, down to the most basic aspects of daily life. Much of Cuban culture, especially Cuban music, is instantly recognized throughout the world.
||As a result of the colonization of Cuba by Spain, one of the main influences on the cuisine is from Spain. Along with Spain, other culinary influences include Africa, from the Africans that were brought to Cuba as slaves, and Dutch, from the French colonists that came to Cuba from Haiti. Another important factor is that Cuba itself is an island, making seafood something that greatly influences Cuban cuisine. Another contributing factor to Cuban cuisine is the fact that Cuba is in a tropical climate. The tropical climate produces fruits and root vegetables that are used in Cuban dishes
||Spanish is the official language of Cuba, and was brought to this medical tourism destination by its former colonial masters who arrived in 1511. The Spanish soon began to import African slaves, mainly from Guinea, Congo, and Nigeria, and these slaves brought in their own African dialects to add to the linguistic melting pot.
||The peso (ISO 4217 code: CUP, sometimes called the "national peso" or in Spanish moneda nacional) is one of two official currencies in use in Cuba, the other being the convertible peso (ISO 4217 code: CUC, occasionally referred to as "dollar" in spoken language). It is subdivided into 100 centavos.
||Cuba's tropical climate ensures hot and humid conditions throughout the year. Between November and April the weather in Cuba is hot and dry, and this is the busiest tourist season. Between May and October there is a high rainfall, and in the latter part of these months Cuba is subject to the threat of the hurricanes, which annually visit the Caribbean.
From wikipedia about Cuba
The Republic of Cuba
is an island nation in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba
consists of the main island of Cuba
, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the largest city in Cuba
and the country's capital. Santiago de Cuba
is the second largest city. To the north of Cuba
lies the United States and the Bahamas, Mexico
is to the west, the Cayman Islands
are to the south, and Haiti
and the Dominican Republic
are to the southeast.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus found and claimed the island now occupied by Cuba
, for the Kingdom of Spain
remained a territory of Spain
until the Spanish–American War ended in 1898, and gained formal independence from the U. S. in 1902. Between 1953 and 1959 the Cuban Revolution occurred, removing the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. A new government led by Fidel Castro was later setup. The current Cuban government is considered by many journalists as dictatorial and/or communist as "authoritarian".
Cuba is home to over 11 million people and is the most populous island nation in the Caribbean, as well as the largest by area. Its people, culture, and customs draw from diverse sources, such as the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves and its proximity to the United States.
Cuba has a 99. 8% literacy rate, https://www. cia. gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cu. html an infant death rate lower than some developed countries,
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