Outline of Venezuela

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An enlargeable relief map of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Venezuela:

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a sovereign country located in northern South America.[1]

Venezuela comprises a continental mainland and numerous islands located off the Venezuelan coastline in the Caribbean Sea. The country borders Guyana to the east, Brazil to the south, and Colombia to the west. Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Leeward Antilles lie just north, off the Venezuelan coast. Falling within the tropics, Venezuela sits close to the equator, in the Northern Hemisphere.

A former Spanish colony, which has been an independent republic since 1821, Venezuela holds territorial disputes with Guyana, largely concerning the Essequibo area, and with Colombia concerning the Gulf of Venezuela. In 1895, after the dispute over the Guyana border flared up, it was submitted to a neutral commission, which in 1899 decided it mostly in Guyana's favour.[2] Today, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is known widely for its petroleum industry, the environmental diversity of its territory, and its natural features. Venezuela is considered to be among the world's 17 most biodiverse countries.[3]

Venezuela is among the most urbanized countries in Latin America;[4][5] the vast majority of Venezuelans live in the cities of the north, especially in the capital Caracas which is also the largest city. Other major cities include Maracaibo, Valencia, Barquisimeto, Maracay, Ciudad Guayana and the popular tourist city of Mérida. Venezuela is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.

General reference[edit]

An enlargeable basic map of Venezuela

Geography of Venezuela[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of Venezuela
 Brazil 2,200 km
 Colombia 2,050 km
 Guyana 743 km
  • Coastline: 2,800 km

Environment of Venezuela[edit]

An enlargeable satellite image of Venezuela

Natural geographic features of Venezuela[edit]

Regions of Venezuela[edit]

Main article: Regions of Venezuela

Ecoregions of Venezuela[edit]

Administrative divisions of Venezuela[edit]

Provinces of Venezuela[edit]
Districts of Venezuela[edit]
Municipalities of Venezuela[edit]

Demography of Venezuela[edit]

Government and politics of Venezuela[edit]

Main article: Government of Venezuela and Politics of Venezuela

Branches of the government of Venezuela[edit]

Venezuela's government has five branches.

Executive branch of the government of Venezuela[edit]

Legislative branch of the government of Venezuela[edit]

Judicial branch of the government of Venezuela[edit]

Citizen branch of the government of Venezuela[edit]

Electoral branch of the government of Venezuela[edit]

Foreign relations of Venezuela[edit]

International organization membership[edit]

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a member of:[1]

Law and order in Venezuela[edit]

Main article: Law of Venezuela

Military of Venezuela[edit]

Main article: Military of Venezuela

Local government in Venezuela[edit]

History of Venezuela[edit]

Main article: History of Venezuela, Timeline of the history of Venezuela, and Current events of Venezuela

Culture of Venezuela[edit]

Main article: Culture of Venezuela

Art in Venezuela[edit]

Sports in Venezuela[edit]

Main article: Sports in Venezuela

Economy and infrastructure of Venezuela[edit]

Main article: Economy of Venezuela

Education in Venezuela[edit]

See also[edit]

Main article: Venezuela

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Venezuela". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Venezuela Boundary Dispute, 1895–1899". 
  3. ^ "South America Banks on Regional Strategy to Safeguard Quarter of Earth's Biodiversity". Conservation International. Retrieved 29 June 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "South America". Encarta. Retrieved 13 March 2007. 
  5. ^ "ANNEX TABLES" (pdf). World Urbanization Prospects: The 1999 Revision. United Nations. Retrieved 13 March 2007. 
  6. ^ http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35766.htm

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of Venezuela

General references (English)
Other (English)