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Cuba is an archipelago of islands situated in the northern Caribbean Sea where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean. The United States lies to the north-west, the Bahamas to the north, Haiti to the east, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands to the south, and Mexico to the west. Cuba itself is the largest island, and is surrounded by four smaller groups of islands: the Colorados, the Sabana-Camagüey, the Jardines de la Reina and the Canarreos Archipelagos. The main island is largely flat, with some gentle hills, although the Sierra Maestra in the southeast reaches higher altitudes.
Cuba has a hot, nearly tropical climate all year round. The majority of rain falls between May and October. January to April are cooler and drier.
Facts and Figures
|Area||110,860 sq km (42,803 sq miles).|
|Population||11,239,363 (2009 estimate).|
|Capital||Havana- population 2,141,993 (2009 estimate).|
|Language||The official language is Spanish.|
|Religion||Roman Catholic majority. There is also minority Afro-Cuban religions.|
|Time||GMT – 5|
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