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Cuba

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Population:

11,423,952 (2008)

Land area:

110,860 sq. km.

Capital:

Havana (2,241,000; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Cuba ranked 52nd in the UNDP Human Development Index and 62nd in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $2,863.68. Public debt accounts for 36.8 percent of total GDP, while no figure for the number of Cubans beneath the poverty line is available.

Main language(s):

Spanish

Monkey's name:

El Monito (El Mo-nee-toh)

Fun fact:

Cuba is a world leader in medical research. Its laboratories have created cures and medicines for illnesses that plague the developing world but which are considered “unprofitable product lines” by the First World’s private pharmaceutical firms. Additionally, through its International Medical Aid Program, Cuba dispatches the highest per capita rate of medical professionals to developing countries on earth. Cuba also offers free medical scholarships to students from developing countries.

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