Venezuela Index 2006
Venezuela Main Index
Venezuela Introduction - 2006
SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, drug-related violence along the Colombian border, increasing internal drug consumption, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, and irresponsible mining operations that are endangering the rain forest and indigenous peoples.
NOTE: The information regarding Venezuela on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Venezuela Introduction 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Venezuela Introduction 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.