Updated 14 November 2012
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean Sea of the North American Continent, with a population of
3,690,923, making it the 129th largest national population. Its capital and largest city is
San Juan with a total
population of 395,326. The country encompasses 13,790 square kilometers making it the 108th largest country in total
area. It shares boundaries with the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

President Barack Hussein Obama is recognized as the Chief of State and, along with Vice President Joseph Robinette
Biden, Jr., achieves that status through majority vote of the electoral college of the United States Congress and holds
that position for four years and is eligible for a second term. Under the United States Constitution, residents of
unincorporated territories, such as Puerto Rico, do not vote in elections for the United States president and vice
president. Governor Alejandro García Padilla is recognized as the Head of Government and achieves that status
through popular vote and holds that position for four years with no term limits. Its form of government is a
Commonwealth and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 3rd of March 1952.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Spanish and English. It counts among its major religions Roman
Catholic, Protestant and other faiths. As sources of mass communication it has 74 AM, 53 FM and 32 Television

Major geographical features are Cerro de Punta, its highest point at 1,339 meters and the Caribbean Sea, its lowest
point at 0 meters. Its principal waterway is Caribbean Sea, which measures 501 kilometers of coastline.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are pharmaceuticals, electronics,
apparel, food products and tourism. Its official currency is the United States Dollar.

Here’s something you may not know about Puerto Rico. San Juan is the oldest city in United States Territory and it
was founded in 1521 by Ponce de Leon.
Cerro la Punta- Puerto
Rico's highest point
El Yunque
Isla de Culebra- Puerto
Rico's easternmost
Natural Arch in Cabo
Ponce Fire Station
San Juan- Puerto
Rico's capital and
largest city
Sunset on Rincon on
the Caribbean Sea-
Puerto Rico's lowest
Puerto Rican kids
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View of a beach on Isla
de Vieques
Flan- a favorite Puerto
Rican dessert
Read about human rights in Pax
Gaea World Post Report!
Arecibo- Puerto Rico's
northernmost point on
the Atlantic Ocean
Arroz Gandules- the
national dish of Puerto
Rico featuring rice and
pigeon pea  with sofrito
and smoked ham
Ballet Folklorico in
traditional Puerto
Rican dress
Isla Desecheo in the
Mona Passage
Playa Pajaros on Isla
Mona- Puerto Rico's
westernmost island
Dry forest on Isla Caja
de Muertos- Puerto
Rico's southernmost
Isla Caja de Muertos or
"Dead Man's Chest" off
Puerto Rico's southern
Mayaguez skyline on
Puerto Rico's
westernmost coast
Lighthouse at Punta
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:

7,397 (1997 est.)