Geography: 10,714 square miles – about the size of Maryland.
Terrain: Rugged mountains with small coastal plains and river valleys
Climate: Warm, high humidity in many coastal areas
Population: 8.5 million (2006 census)
Ethnic Groups: African descent 95%, African and European descent – 5%
Religions: Roman Catholic 55%, Protestant 28%, voodoo practices pervasive
Languages: Creole, French
Per capita GDP: (2007) $713
Natural Resources: Bauxite, copper, calcium carbonate, gold, marble
Agriculture (27% of GDP) Products- coffee, mangoes, sugarcane, rice, corn, cacao, sorghum, other fruits and vegetables
Industry (8% of GDP) Types- apparel, handicrafts, electronics assembly, food processing, beverages, tobacco products, furniture, printing, chemicals, steel.
Services (40% of GDP) Commerce, hotels, restaurants, government, tourism