Venezuela is found on the northern coastline of South America. The country shares borders with the Caribbean Sea to the north, Colombia to the west, Brazil to the south, and Guyana to the east. Most of Venezuela's population is concentrated near the coast. The country also consists of seventy-two islands.
Population: 28 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African, indigenous people
Languages: Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects
Religions: Roman Catholic - 96%, Protestant - 2%, other - 2%
VENEZUELANS IN TORONTO
In Canada: 10,475
In the GTA: 3,060
In the City of Toronto: 1,275
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Not listed as a separate category in the Social Atlas map on the Ethnic Origins for Toronto CMA in Census Canada 2006
Venezuela achieved independence in 1830. This was followed by dictatorships and revolutions. Democracy was established in 1958, but a political coup in 1998 has had Venezuelans living with "21st Century socialism" since. The Venezuelan economy depends largely on oil prices - the country is one of the world's largest oil producers. The constitution guarantees religious freedom. The majority of Venezuelans identify as Catholic. Caracas, which is the capital city of Venezuela, is home to Protestant and Jewish communities. Native tribes in other areas of the country practice indigenous beliefs.
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