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English Dictionary: Puerto Rico by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
Puerto Rico
  1. a self-governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto Rico
    Synonym(s): Puerto Rico, Porto Rico, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, PR
  2. the smallest and easternmost of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean
    Synonym(s): Puerto Rico, Porto Rico
From The CIA World Factbook (1995) [world95]:
   Puerto Rico
   (commonwealth associated with the US)
   Puerto Rico:Geography
   Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North
   Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic
   Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
   total area: 9,104 sq km
   land area: 8,959 sq km
   comparative area: slightly less than three times the size of Rhode
   Land boundaries: 0 km
   Coastline: 501 km
   Maritime claims:
   exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
   territorial sea: 12 nm
   International disputes: none
   Climate: tropical marine, mild, little seasonal temperature variation
   Terrain: mostly mountains with coastal plain belt in north; mountains
   precipitous to sea on west coast; sandy beaches along most coastal
   Natural resources: some copper and nickel, potential for onshore and
   offshore crude oil
   Land use:
   arable land: 8%
   permanent crops: 9%
   meadows and pastures: 41%
   forest and woodland: 20%
   other: 22%
   Irrigated land: 390 sq km (1989 est.)
   current issues: the recent drought has caused water levels in
   reservoirs to drop and prompted water rationing for more than one-half
   of the population
   natural hazards: periodic droughts
   international agreements: NA
   Note: important location along the Mona Passage - a key shipping lane
   to the Panama Canal; San Juan is one of the biggest and best natural
   harbors in the Caribbean; many small rivers and high central mountains
   ensure land is well watered; south coast relatively dry; fertile
   coastal plain belt in north
   Puerto Rico:People
   Population: 3,812,569 (July 1995 est.)
   Age structure:
   0-14 years: 25% (female 466,596; male 489,127)
   15-64 years: 65% (female 1,274,765; male 1,195,785)
   65 years and over: 10% (female 213,716; male 172,580) (July 1995 est.)
   Population growth rate: 0.16% (1995 est.)
   Birth rate: 15.92 births/1,000 population (1995 est.)
   Death rate: 7.47 deaths/1,000 population (1995 est.)
   Net migration rate: -6.81 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1995 est.)
   Infant mortality rate: 12.8 deaths/1,000 live births (1995 est.)
   Life expectancy at birth:
   total population: 75.1 years
   male: 70.78 years
   female: 79.66 years (1995 est.)
   Total fertility rate: 1.98 children born/woman (1995 est.)
   noun: Puerto Rican(s) (US citizens)
   adjective: Puerto Rican
   Ethnic divisions: Hispanic
   Religions: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant denominations and other 15%
   Languages: Spanish, English
   Literacy: age 15 and over can read and write (1980)
   total population: 89%
   male: 90%
   female: 88%
   Labor force: 1.2 million (1993)
   by occupation: government 22%, manufacturing 17%, trade 20%,
   construction 6%, communications and transportation 5%, other 30%
   Puerto Rico:Government
   conventional long form: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
   conventional short form: Puerto Rico
   Digraph: RQ
   Type: commonwealth associated with the US
   Capital: San Juan
   Administrative divisions: none (commonwealth associated with the US);
   note - there are 78 municipalities
   Independence: none (commonwealth associated with the US)
   National holiday: US Independence Day, 4 July (1776)
   Constitution: ratified 3 March 1952; approved by US Congress 3 July
   1952; effective 25 July 1952
   Legal system: based on Spanish civil code
   Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal; indigenous inhabitants are US
   citizens but do not vote in US presidential elections
   Executive branch:
   chief of state: President William Jefferson CLINTON (since 20 January
   1993); Vice President Albert GORE, Jr. (since 20 January 1993)
   head of government: Governor Pedro ROSSELLO (since 2 January 1993);
   election last held 3 November 1992 (next to be held 5 November 1996);
   results - Pedro ROSSELLO (PNP) 50%, Victoria MUNOZ (PPD) 46%, Fernando
   MARTIN (PIP) 4%
   Legislative branch: bicameral Legislative Assembly
   Senate: elections last held 3 November 1992 (next to be held 5
   November 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (29
   total) PNP 20, PPD 8, PIP 1
   House of Representatives: elections last held 3 November 1992 (next to
   be held NA November 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA;
   seats - (53 total) PNP 36, PPD 16, PIP 1
   US House of Representatives: elections last held 3 November 1992 (next
   to be held 5 November 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA;
   seats - (1 total) PNP 1 (Carlos Romero BARCELO); note - Puerto Rico
   elects one representative to the US House of Representatives
   Judicial branch: Supreme Court, Superior Courts, Municipal Courts
   Political parties and leaders: National Republican Party of Puerto
   Rico, Luis FERRE; Popular Democratic Party (PPD), Hector ACEVEDO; New
   Progressive Party (PNP), Pedro ROSSELLO; Puerto Rican Socialist Party
   (PSP) has been disbanded (1994); Puerto Rican Independence Party
   (PIP), Ruben BERRIOS Martinez; Puerto Rican Communist Party (PCP),
   leader(s) unknown
   Other political or pressure groups: Armed Forces for National
   Liberation (FALN); Volunteers of the Puerto Rican Revolution; Boricua
   Popular Army (also known as the Macheteros); Armed Forces of Popular
   Member of: CARICOM (observer), ECLAC (associate), FAO (associate),
   ICFTU, INTERPOL (subbureau), IOC, WCL, WFTU, WHO (associate), WTO
   Diplomatic representation in US: none (commonwealth associated with
   the US)
   US diplomatic representation: none (commonwealth associated with the
   Flag: five equal horizontal bands of red (top and bottom) alternating
   with white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a
   large white five-pointed star in the center; design based on the US
   Overview: Puerto Rico has one of the most dynamic economies in the
   Caribbean region. Industry has surpassed agriculture as the primary
   sector of economic activity and income. Encouraged by duty free access
   to the US and by tax incentives, US firms have invested heavily in
   Puerto Rico since the 1950s. US minimum wage laws apply. Important
   industries include pharmaceuticals, electronics, textiles,
   petrochemicals, and processed foods. Sugar production has lost out to
   dairy production and other livestock products as the main source of
   income in the agricultural sector. Tourism has traditionally been an
   important source of income for the island, with estimated arrivals of
   nearly 3.9 million tourists in 1993.
   National product: GDP - purchasing power parity - $26.8 billion (1994
   National product real growth rate: 2.6% (1994 est.)
   National product per capita: $7,050 (1994 est.)
   Inflation rate (consumer prices): 2.9% (1994)
   Unemployment rate: 16% (1994)
   revenues: $5.1 billion
   expenditures: $5.1 billion, including capital expenditures of $NA
   Exports: $21.8 billion (1994)
   commodities: pharmaceuticals, electronics, apparel, canned tuna, rum,
   beverage concentrates, medical equipment, instruments
   partners: US 86.2% (1993)
   Imports: $16.7 billion (1994)
   commodities: chemicals, clothing, food, fish, petroleum products
   partners: US 69.2% (1993)
   External debt: $NA
   Industrial production: growth rate 5% (1994 est.)
   capacity: 4.230,000 kW
   production: 15.6 billion kWh
   consumption per capita: 3,819 kWh (1993)
   Industries: manufacturing accounts for 39.4% of GDP; manufacturing of
   pharmaceuticals, electronics, apparel, food products, instruments;
   Agriculture: accounts for only 3% of labor force and just over 1% of
   GDP; crops - sugarcane, coffee, pineapples, plantains, bananas;
   livestock - cattle, chickens; imports a large share of food needs
   Economic aid: none
   Currency: 1 United States dollar (US$) = 100 cents
   Exchange rates: US currency is used
   Fiscal year: 1 July - 30 June
   Puerto Rico:Transportation
   total: 96 km rural narrow-gauge system for hauling sugarcane; note -
   no passenger railroads
   total: 13,762 km
   paved: 13,762 km (1982)
   Ports: Guanica, Guayanilla, Guayama, Playa de Ponce, San Juan
   Merchant marine: none
   total: 31
   with paved runways over 3,047 m: 3
   with paved runways 1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
   with paved runways 914 to 1,523 m: 9
   with paved runways under 914 m: 14
   with unpaved runways 914 to 1,523 m: 2
   Puerto Rico:Communications
   Telephone system: NA telephones; modern system, integrated with that
   of the US by high capacity submarine cable and INTELSAT with
   high-speed data capability; digital telephone system with about 1
   million lines; cellular telephone service (1990)
   local: NA
   intercity: NA
   international: 1 INTELSAT earth station and submarine cable
   broadcast stations: AM 50, FM 63, shortwave 0
   radios: NA
   broadcast stations: 9; note - cable television available with US
   programs (1990)
   televisions: NA
   Puerto Rico:Defense Forces
   Branches: paramilitary National Guard, Police Force
   Note: defense is the responsibility of the US
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