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Background Note: Fiji

Wednesday, 30 June 2010, 12:36 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 18,376 sq. km (7,056 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital --Suva (pop. 172, 948), Lautoka (pop. 52,742), Nadi (pop. 42,712). Terrain: Mountainous or varied. Climate: Tropical maritime. More >>

Background Note: Tonga

Wednesday, 30 June 2010, 12:34 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 747 sq. km. (288 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital --Nuku'alofa (pop. 34,000). Terrain: 171 islands, mainly raised coral but some volcanic; 48 inhabited. Climate: Tropical, modified by trade winds. Warm season (December to May), cool season (May ... More >>

Background Notes : Sudan (02/10)

Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 3:55 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 2.5 million sq. km. (967,500 sq. mi.); the largest country in Africa and almost the size of continental U.S. east of the Mississippi River. Cities: Capital --Khartoum (pop. 1.4 million). Other cities --Omdurman (2.1 million), Port Sudan ... More >>

Background Notes : Mozambique (02/10)

Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 3:53 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 308,642 sq. miles; slightly less than twice the size of California. Major cities: Capital --Maputo (pop. 1.094 million--2007 est.); Beira, Matola, Nampula, Quelimane, Tete, Nacala. Terrain: Varies from lowlands to high plateau. Climate: ... More >>

Background Note: Sierra Leone

Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 3:51 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 71,740 sq. km. (29,925 sq. mi.); slightly smaller than South Carolina. Cities: Capital --Freetown (est. 786,900). Provincial capitals-- Southern Province, Bo; Eastern Province, Kenema; Northern Province, Makeni. Terrain: Mangrove swamps ... More >>

Background Note: Venezuela

Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 3:49 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 912,050 sq. km. (352,143 sq. mi.); slightly more than twice the size of California. Cities: Capital --Caracas (metro. area pop. 3.2 million). Other major cities --Maracaibo, Valencia, Barquisimeto, Maracay, Merida, Ciudad Bolivar. ... More >>

Background Note: Mexico

Wednesday, 24 February 2010, 11:35 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 1,972,550 sq. km. (761,600 sq. mi.); about three times the size of Texas. Cities: Capital --Mexico City (22 million, estimate for metro area). Other major cities --Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Acapulco, ... More >>

Background Note: San Marino

Wednesday, 24 February 2010, 11:33 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area total: 61.2 sq. km.; about one-third the size of Washington, DC. Cities: Capital --San Marino (pop. 4,377). Other cities --Serravalle, Borgo Maggiore, Domagnano. Terrain: Rugged mountains. Climate: Mediterranean; mild to cool winters; ... More >>

Background Note: Canada

Monday, 22 February 2010, 1:15 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 9.9 million sq. km. (3.8 million sq. mi.); second-largest country in the world. Cities: Capital --Ottawa (pop. 1.1 million). Other major cities --Toronto (5.1 million), Montreal (3.6 million), Vancouver (2.1 million), Calgary (1.1 million), ... More >>

Background Note: Botswana

Monday, 7 December 2009, 3:39 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 582,000 sq. km. (224,710 sq. mi.), about the size of Texas. Cities (2001 census): Capital --Gaborone (pronounced ha-bo-ro-neh), pop. 186,007. Other towns --Francistown (83,023), Selebi-Phikwe (49,849), Molepolole (54,561), Kanye ... More >>

Background Note: Malawi

Monday, 7 December 2009, 3:38 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 118,484 sq. km. (45,747 sq. mi.); land the size of Pennsylvania, with a lake the size of Vermont. Cities: Capital --Lilongwe. Other cities --Blantyre (the commercial capital), Zomba, Mzuzu. Terrain: Plateaus, highlands, and valleys. ... More >>

Background Note: Bulgaria

Monday, 30 November 2009, 12:47 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 110,910 sq. km. (slightly larger than Tennessee). Major cities: Capital --Sofia 1.3 million. Others: Plovdiv--379,493, Varna--352,674. Terrain: Bulgaria is located in South Central Europe. The terrain is varied, containing large mountainous ... More >>

Background Note: Denmark

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 12:09 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography * Area: 43,094 sq. km. (16,639 sq. mi.); slightly smaller than Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Cities: Capital --Copenhagen (pop. 518,574 in Copenhagen and 1,662,189 in the Capital Region). Other cities --Aarhus (302,618), Aalborg (196,292), ... More >>

Background Note: Suriname

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 12:08 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 163,194 sq. km. (63,037 sq. mi.); slightly larger than Georgia. Cities: Capital --Paramaribo (pop. 242,946). Other cities --Nieuw Nickerie, Moengo, Brownsweg, Albina. Terrain: Rain forest, savanna, coastal swamps, hills. Climate: ... More >>

Background Notes : Aruba

Wednesday, 18 November 2009, 12:37 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 180 sq. km. (112 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital --Oranjestad. Terrain: Flat with a few hills; scant vegetation. Climate: Subtropical. More >>

Senior UN Peacekeeping Official To Visit China

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 12:14 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

The United Nations peacekeeping chief is slated to pay an official visit to China this week to attend a meeting on the Organization’s operations tasked with restoring stability and democracy in conflict-ravaged countries. More >>

Background Note: Iran

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 12:13 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 1.6 million sq. km. (636,295 sq. mi., slightly larger than Alaska). Arable land: 9.78% of the country. Cities: Capital --Tehran. Other cities --Isfahan, Tabriz, Mashhad, Shiraz, Yazd, Qom. Terrain: Desert and mountains. Climate: Semiarid; ... More >>

Background Note: Maldives

Monday, 16 November 2009, 11:44 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 298 sq. km. (115 sq. mi.), over 1,100 islands; twice the size of Washington, DC. Cities: Capital --Male' (pop. 100,000). Terrain: Flat islands. Climate: Hot and humid. More >>

Background Note: Trinidad and Tobago

Monday, 16 November 2009, 11:43 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 5,128 sq. km. (1,980 sq. mi.), about the size of Delaware. Trinidad --4,828 sq. km. (1,864 sq. mi). Tobago --300 sq. km. (116 sq. mi). Cities: Capital --Port of Spain (metropolitan pop. 310,000). Other cities and boroughs --San Fernando, ... More >>

Background Note: India

Friday, 13 November 2009, 11:25 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 3.29 million sq. km. (1.27 million sq. mi.); about one-third the size of the U.S. Cities: Capital --New Delhi (pop. 12.8 million, 2001 census). Other major cities --Mumbai, formerly Bombay (16.4 million); Kolkata, formerly Calcutta ... More >>

 

 

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