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Venezuela Geography

Venezuela's Information

Flag of Venezuela
Land Area 882,050 km2
Water Area 30,000 km2
Total Area 912,050km2 (#32)
Population 30,912,302 (#42)
Population Density 35.05/km2
Government Type Federal Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $469.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $15,100
Currency Bolivar (VEF)
Largest Cities

The Orinoco River and Venezuela's mountain ranges divide the country into some distinct regions, all with different climates.

The Maracaibo Lowlands of the far northwest are dry, windless and hot; the Andes Mountains and northern highlands are more temperate and much cooler in the higher elevations; the central plain fronting the Orinoco River covers about one-third of the country, most of it is less than 50 meters in elevation, and generally quite warm. The wild and largely unexplored Guiana Highlands covering the southeast, with elevations of up to 3,500 meters, are jungle-tropical, hot and very humid.

Angel Falls (the world's highest waterfall) is located in the Guiana Highlands; it stands at 2,421 feet, (751 m) or more than 12 times the height of America's and Canada's Niagara Falls.

With over 10,000 rivers (mostly small) within its borders, the Orinoco is by far the most important. It's the third-longest river in South America, after the Paran and the Amazon; it has more than 2,000 tributaries - including the Apure, Arauca, Caron, Caura, Guaviare, Meta and Ventuari. Most of the other rivers that rise in the northern mountains flow southeastward to the Apure.

Significant lakes include Lake Guri and Lake Maracaibo, South America's largest lake.

This page was last updated on September 29, 2015.

Venezuela Trivia

Which Is The Largest Ethnic Group In Venezuela?

Venezuela has an ethnically diverse population because of its colorful history and the peoples that have resided in the country over the centuries. People of mixed European, Amerindian, and African descent constitute over half of the country’s population. They are collectively termed “Mestizos”. Those of European, Black African and Amerindian descent constitute the rest of the population.

Ethnic Groups In Venezuela

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