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Country summary

Capital

San Juan

Borders

(N/A)

Government type

commonwealth

Population

3,966,213 (July 2010 est.)[1]

Population growth

0.298% (2010 est.)[1]

Life expectancy

78.52 years[1]

Unemployment

12% (2002)[1]

Corruption Perceptions Index

35[2]

Doing Business ranking

35[3]


Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status.[1]

Economical characteristicsEdit

  • Currency: United States dollar (ISO code: USD)
  • This country does not seem to have a central bank.


StatisticsEdit

Statistic / Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
GDP (million USD)[4] 57 841 61 045 67 897
Govt. debt (% of GDP)[5]
Govt. revenue (% of GDP)[6]
Govt. expenses (% of GDP)[7]
Debt to revenue (years)

ReferencesEdit

Note: statistical data was rounded. Different sources may use different methodologies for their estimates. Debt to revenue is calculated by dividing the two variables from their original ('unrounded') values. It represents how long it would a government take to repay its entire debt if it used its whole revenue for this purpose.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 CIA - The World Facebook. "Puerto Rico", from The World Facebook. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  2. Transparency International. "Puerto Rico", Corruption Perceptions Index 2009. A lower ranking is better; but please note that the numbers cannot be compared between countries or years due to different methodology. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  3. Doing Business. "Puerto Rico", Doing Business 2010 (part of The World Bank Group). A lower ranking is better; but please be careful when comparing between different countries or years. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  4. World Bank. "Puerto Rico: GDP", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  5. World Bank. "Puerto Rico: government debt", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  6. World Bank. "Puerto Rico: government revenue", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  7. World Bank. "Puerto Rico: government expenses", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.

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