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Background Note: Saint Kitts and Nevis

Friday, 13 November 2009, 11:23 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: St. Kitts 168 sq. km. (65 sq. mi.); Nevis 93 sq km. (36 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital --Basseterre (pop. about 15,000). Terrain: Generally mountainous; highest elevations are 1,156 m. (3,792 ft.) at Mt. Liamuiga on St. Kitts and 985 ... More >>

Background Note: Antigua and Barbuda

Friday, 13 November 2009, 11:22 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: Antigua --281 sq. km. (108 sq. mi.); Barbuda --161 sq. km. (62 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital --St. John's (pop. 30,000). Terrain: Generally low-lying, with highest elevation 405 m. (1,330 ft.). Climate: Tropical maritime. More >>

Background Note: Republic of the Congo

Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 10:03 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 342,000 sq. km (132,000 sq. mi.); slightly larger than New Mexico. Cities: Capital--Brazzaville (pop. 800,000). Other cities--Pointe-Noire (450,000), Dolisie (150,000). Climate: Tropical. Tropical jungle in the North (country seasonally ... More >>

Background Note: Brazil

Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 10:02 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 8,511,965 sq. km. (3,290,000 sq. mi.); slightly smaller than the U.S. Cities: Capital--Brasilia (pop. 2.5 million). Other cities--Sao Paulo (10.9 million), Rio de Janeiro (6.1 million), Belo Horizonte (2.4 million), Salvador (2.9 ... More >>

Background Note: Sao Tome and Principe

Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 10:00 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Location: Western Africa; islands straddling the equator in the Gulf of Guinea west of Gabon. Area: 1,001 sq. km. (386 sq. mi.); about the size of metropolitan Indianapolis, or one-third the size of Rhode Island. Cities: Capital--Sao Tome. Other ... More >>

Background Note: Barbados

Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 9:58 am | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 431 sq. km. (166 sq. mi.); about three times the size of Washington, DC. Cities: Capital--Bridgetown. Terrain: Generally flat, hilly in the interior. Climate: Tropical. More >>

Background Note: Angola

Wednesday, 16 September 2009, 4:26 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 1,246,700 sq. km. (481,400 sq. mi), about twice the size of Texas. Cities: Capital --Luanda (est. pop. 5.0 million); Huambo (750,000); Benguela (600,000). Terrain: A narrow, dry coastal strip extending from the far north (Luanda) to Namibia ... More >>

Background Note: Swaziland

Wednesday, 16 September 2009, 4:22 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 17,363 sq. km. (6,704 sq. miles); slightly smaller than New Jersey. Major cities: Mbabane (capital, pop. 60,000), Manzini (principal commercial city, pop. 65,000). Terrain: Mountainous plateau to savanna. Climate: Near temperate to ... More >>

Background Note: Sudan

Wednesday, 16 September 2009, 4:21 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 Note: Tanzania

Thursday, 13 August 2009, 5:29 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: Mainland --945,000 sq. km. (378,000 sq. mi.); slightly smaller than New Mexico and Texas combined. Zanzibar --1,658 sq. km. (640 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital-- Dar es Salaam (executive), Dodoma (legislative), Major metropolises --Arusha, Mwanza, ... More >>

Background Note: Belgium

Thursday, 13 August 2009, 5:26 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 32,547 square kilometers (12,566 sq. mi.), about the size of Maryland. Cities: Capital --Brussels (pop. 1,031,215). Other cities --Antwerp (466,203); Ghent (235,143); Charleroi (201,550); Liege (188,907); Bruges (116,982); and Namur (107,653). More >>

Background Note: Bermuda

Thursday, 13 August 2009, 5:24 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 58.8 sq. km. (22.7 sq. mi.). Cities (2000 census): Capital --Hamilton (pop. 3,461) Other city --St. George (pop. 3,306). Terrain: Hilly islands. Climate: Semi-tropical. More >>

Background Note: Bolivia

Wednesday, 5 August 2009, 4:19 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 1.1 million sq. km. (425,000 sq. mi.); about the size of Texas and California combined. Cities: Capital --La Paz (administrative--pop. 800,385); Sucre (constitutional--292,080). Other major cities --Santa Cruz (1,486,115), Cochabamba ... More >>

Background Note: Seychelles

Wednesday, 5 August 2009, 4:17 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 444 sq. km. (171 sq. mi.); about 2.5 times the size of Washington DC. Major islands: Mahe and Praslin. Cities: Capital --Victoria. Terrain: About half of the islands are granitic in origin, with narrow coastal strips and central ranges ... More >>

Background Note: Norway

Wednesday, 5 August 2009, 4:16 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area (including the island territories of Svalbard and Jan Mayen): 385,199 sq. km. (148,726 sq. miles); approximately the same size as New Mexico. Cities (January 2007 est.): Capital-- Oslo (pop. 839,423, including suburbs). Other cities --Bergen ... More >>

Background Note: Mauritius

Wednesday, 5 August 2009, 4:14 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 2,040 sq. km. (787 sq. mi.); 500 miles east of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean. Dependencies: Rodrigues Island, the Agalega Islands and Cargados Carajos Shoals; Mauritius also claims sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago, part of the ... More >>

Background Note: Comoros

Wednesday, 5 August 2009, 4:13 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 2,171 sq. km. (838 sq. mi.); slightly less than half the size of Delaware. Major islands --Grande Comore (1,025 sq. km.), Anjouan (424 sq. km.), Mayotte (374 sq. km.), and Moheli (211 sq. km.). Cities: Capital --Moroni (pop. 30,000); ... More >>

Background Note: Zimbabwe

Wednesday, 5 August 2009, 4:12 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 390,580 sq. km. (150,760 sq. mi.), slightly larger than Montana. Cities: Capital --Harare (pronounced Ha-RAR-e), pop. 1.5 million. Other towns --Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Gweru, Kwekwe, Masvingo, Marondera. Terrain: Desert and savanna. ... More >>

Background Note: Somalia

Wednesday, 5 August 2009, 4:11 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 637,657 sq. km.; slightly smaller than Texas. Cities: Capital --Mogadishu. Other cities --Beledweyne, Kismayo, Baidoa, Jowhar, Merca, Gaalkayo, Bosasso, Hargeisa, Berbera. Terrain: Mostly flat to undulating plateau rising to hills in the north. ... More >>

Background Note: Niger

Wednesday, 5 August 2009, 4:09 pm | US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 1,267,000 sq. km (490,000 sq. mi.); about three times the size of California. Cities: Capital --Niamey (pop. approx. 1 million). Other cities-- Tahoua, Konni, Maradi, Zinder, Diffa, Dosso, Arlit, and Agadez. Terrain: About two-thirds ... More >>

   

 

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