LOCATED IN THE Caribbean, the Republic of Cuba has a land area of 42,803 sq. mi. (110,861 sq. km.), with a population of 11,382,820 (2006 est.), and a population density of 102 people per sq. mi. (264 people per sq. km.). Traditionally, the Cuban economy has been closely tied to the tobacco and sugar industries (the latter still accounts for nearly half of the country's exports).

A total of 24 percent of Cuba is arable land, with a further 27 percent of the country devoted to meadows and pasture. Approximately 94.6 percent of electricity production comes from fossil fuels, mostly petrol sourced from Venezuela. Hydropower is responsible for only 0.4 percent of all electricity. Although there is low automobile use in Cuba, many of the automobiles ...

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