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Venezuela is bordered by the Caribbean in the north, Guyana and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Colombia in the west and finally Brazil borders to the south. The country is divided into four distinctive regions: the Venezuelan Highlands situated in the west, the Maracaibo Lowlands in the north, the huge central plain of the Llanos and lastly the Guiana Highlands, which cover about half of the country.
The climate in Venezuela varies according to altitude. Lowland areas are tropical. The dry season extends from December to April and the rainy season from May to December. During these latter months, there is the possibility of flooding in low-lying regions, such as the Llanos. Some areas of Venezuela, including Caracas and the eastern part of Sucre, experience seismic activity, although there have been no serious earthquakes for many years. The best time to visit is between January and April.
Facts and Figures
|Area||916,445 sq km (353,841 sq miles).|
|Population||29,105,632 (2010 estimate)|
|Capital||Caracas – population 1,815,679 (2009)|
|Language||Spanish is the official language. English, French, German and Portuguese are also spoken by some sections of the community.|
|Religion||86 per cent Roman Catholic.|
|Time||GMT – 4.|
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