Venezuela Weihnachten Über Weihnachten
Weihnachten in Venezuela. Ab den ersten Dezembertagen ist der Brauch der Aguinaldos in Venezuela zu beobachte. Aguinaldos heißen die Weihnachtslieder. Wenn in Venezuela die Weihnachtszeit beginnt, dann hört man nachts auf einmal Musik auf den Straßen. Gruppen von Sängern ziehen von. Weihnachten, der Geburtstag Jesu, ist eines der wichtigesten christlichen Feste und wird in vielen Ländern auch von Menschen gefeiert, die nicht dem. Nicole Weber. Weihnachten in Venezuela. Kreative Ideen für die Vorweihnachtszeit. Downloadauszug aus dem Originaltitel: DOWNLOAD. Berg edorfer U n. Ist bestimmt eine unterhaltsame Alternative zum traditionellem Weihnachtssingen in der Kirche. III. Venezuela: Weihnachten auf Rollerblades.
Nicole Weber. Weihnachten in Venezuela. Kreative Ideen für die Vorweihnachtszeit. Downloadauszug aus dem Originaltitel: DOWNLOAD. Berg edorfer U n. Weihnachten in Venezuela. Ab den ersten Dezembertagen ist der Brauch der Aguinaldos in Venezuela zu beobachte. Aguinaldos heißen die Weihnachtslieder. Ist bestimmt eine unterhaltsame Alternative zum traditionellem Weihnachtssingen in der Kirche. III. Venezuela: Weihnachten auf Rollerblades.
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Privacy Overview. Notwendig immer aktiv. Slavery in Venezuela was abolished in This culminated in the Federal War — , a civil war in which hundreds of thousands died in a country with a population of not much more than a million people.
In , a longstanding dispute with Great Britain about the territory of Guayana Esequiba, which Britain claimed as part of British Guiana and Venezuela saw as Venezuelan territory, erupted into the Venezuela Crisis of The dispute became a diplomatic crisis when Venezuela's lobbyist, William L.
Scruggs , sought to argue that British behavior over the issue violated the United States' Monroe Doctrine of , and used his influence in Washington, D.
Then, U. A tribunal convened in Paris in to decide the issue and in awarded the bulk of the disputed territory to British Guiana. Castro defaulted on Venezuela's considerable foreign debts and declined to pay compensation to foreigners caught up in Venezuela's civil wars.
This led to the Venezuela Crisis of — , in which Britain, Germany and Italy imposed a naval blockade of several months before international arbitration at the new Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague was agreed.
The discovery of massive oil deposits in Lake Maracaibo during World War I  proved to be pivotal for Venezuela and transformed the basis of its economy from a heavy dependence on agricultural exports.
It prompted an economic boom that lasted into the s; by , Venezuela's per capita gross domestic product was Latin America's highest.
He remained the most powerful man in Venezuela until his death in , although at times he ceded the presidency to others.
Angarita granted a range of reforms, including the legalization of all political parties. The expansion of the Venezuelan economy in this period was based on the indebtedness of the Venezuelan nation and that was one of the causes of the economic crisis in Venezuela in the s,  in which important projects such as the Urban Center El Recreo de Marcel Brauer on Avenida Casanova in Sabana Grande district were paralyzed.
It was an antecedent of the populist and paternalistic economic regime of the later democratic regimes.
The malaise over the debts of Venezuela reached the barracks and the national business. The two first parties would dominate the political landscape for four decades.
Most of these movements laid down their arms under Rafael Caldera 's first presidency — ; Caldera had won the election for COPEI, being the first time a party other than Democratic Action took the presidency through a democratic election.
The new democratic order had its antagonists. Betancourt suffered an attack planned by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in , and the leftists excluded from the Pact initiated an armed insurgency by organizing themselves in the Armed Forces of National Liberation, sponsored by the Communist Party and Fidel Castro.
At the same time, Betancourt promoted an international doctrine in which he only recognized elected governments by popular vote. The construction industry was revitalized through the "rediscount" of the Central Bank of Venezuela.
The Economic Recovery Plan fulfilled its objectives and in , Venezuela was able to return to an anchored exchange rate, with free purchase and sale of foreign currency.
This system lasted until the Venezuelan Black Friday of , although the model was already running out at the end of the seventies.
For much of the period between and , the Venezuelan economy was characterized by its stability and sustained strength, factors that contributed decisively to being able to maintain a fixed exchange rate without major inconveniences.
The economic bonanza also had the characteristics of an economic bubble, but Venezuelans remember the "Ta barato, dame dos".
This led to massive increases in public spending, but also increases in external debts, which continued into the s when the collapse of oil prices during the s crippled the Venezuelan economy.
As the government started to devalue the currency in February to face its financial obligations, Venezuelans' real standards of living fell dramatically.
A number of failed economic policies and increasing corruption in government led to rising poverty and crime, worsening social indicators, and increased political instability.
Most of these works had been previously planned. This translated into sustained increases in the average real wage and an improvement in the condition of life.
The bolivar was devalued in February , unleashing a strong economic crisis, which hit investments in the most important financial centers of the Venezuelan capital, such as Sabana Grande.
In the government of Jaime Lusinchi — , an attempt was made to solve the problem. Unfortunately, the measures failed.
After a long period of accelerated economic expansion that lasts for six decades value of the stock of homes by families , an extreme higher value is reached towards From this historical value begins then a systematic fall that mounts to 26 hundred up to , and that configures a genuine unique experience in contemporary economic life.
Venezuela was preparing for the decentralization of its political system and the diversification of its economy, reducing the large size of the State.
The COPRE operated as an innovation mechanism, also by incorporating issues into the political agenda that were generally excluded from public deliberation by the main actors of the Venezuelan democratic system.
The most discussed topics were incorporated into the public agenda: decentralization, political participation, municipalization, judicial oder reforms and the role of the State in a new economic strategy.
Unfortunately, the social reality of the country made the changes difficult to apply. In the subsequent decade, the government was forced into several currency devaluations.
He was elected for another term in December and re-elected for a third term in October However, he was never sworn in for his third period, due to medical complications.
Poverty and inflation began to increase into the s. Chavez picked Maduro as his successor and appointed him vice president in Maduro was elected president in a shortened election in following Chavez's death.
The Democratic Unity Roundtable contested his election as fraud and as a violation of the constitution.
In the Venezuelan parliamentary election , the opposition gained a majority. Venezuela devalued its currency in February due to the rising shortages in the country,   which included those of milk, flour, and other necessities.
This led to an increase in malnutrition, especially among children. To counter the decrease in oil prices, the Venezuelan Government began taking more money from PDVSA , the state oil company, to meet budgets resulting in a lack of reinvestment in fields and employees.
In January , President Maduro decreed an "economic emergency" revealing the extent of the crisis and expanding his powers.
Close to riots had occurred in Venezuelan prisons by October , according to Una Ventana a la Libertad, an advocacy group for better prison conditions.
In , Venezuela experienced a constitutional crisis in the country. In March , opposition leaders branded President Nicolas Maduro a dictator after the Maduro-aligned Supreme Tribunal, which had been overturning most National Assembly decisions since the opposition took control of the body, took over the functions of the assembly, pushing a lengthy political standoff to new heights.
A month later, President Maduro announced the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly election and on 30 August , the Constituent National Assembly was elected into office and quickly stripped the National Assembly of its powers.
In December , President Maduro declared that leading opposition parties will be barred from taking part in next year's presidential vote after they boycotted mayoral polls.
Maduro won the election with In June , a detailed report by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights documented enforced disappearances in Venezuela, specifically those that occurred during the years and During the period, around enforced disappearances of political detainees were reported.
Venezuelan security forces have disappeared their victims, subjecting them to illegal interrogation processes accompanied by torture and cruel or inhuman treatment.
Venezuela is located in the north of South America ; geologically, its mainland rests on the South American Plate. Most observers describe Venezuela in terms of four fairly well defined topographical regions: the Maracaibo lowlands in the northwest, the northern mountains extending in a broad east—west arc from the Colombian border along the northern Caribbean coast, the wide plains in central Venezuela, and the Guiana Highlands in the southeast.
The northern mountains are the extreme northeastern extensions of South America's Andes mountain range. To the south, the dissected Guiana Highlands contain the northern fringes of the Amazon Basin and Angel Falls , the world's highest waterfall, as well as tepuis , large table-like mountains.
The country's center is characterized by the llanos , which are extensive plains that stretch from the Colombian border in the far west to the Orinoco River delta in the east.
The Orinoco, with its rich alluvial soils , binds the largest and most important river system of the country; it originates in one of the largest watersheds in Latin America.
Venezuela borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south. Venezuela has territorial disputes with Guyana, formerly United Kingdom , largely concerning the Essequibo area and with Colombia concerning the Gulf of Venezuela.
In , after years of diplomatic attempts to solve the border dispute, the dispute over the Essequibo River border flared up.
It was submitted to a "neutral" commission composed of British, American, and Russian representatives and without a direct Venezuelan representative , which in decided mostly against Venezuela's claim.
Venezuela's most significant natural resources are petroleum and natural gas , iron ore , gold , and other minerals. It also has large areas of arable land and water.
The precipitation level is lower in the period from August through April. These periods are referred to as hot-humid and cold-dry seasons. Another characteristic of the climate is this variation throughout the country by the existence of a mountain range called "Cordillera de la Costa" which crosses the country from east to west.
The majority of the population lives in these mountains. The country falls into four horizontal temperature zones based primarily on elevation, having tropical, dry, temperate with dry winters, and polar alpine tundra climates, amongst others.
Venezuela lies within the Neotropical realm ; large portions of the country were originally covered by moist broadleaf forests.
One of 17 megadiverse countries,  Venezuela's habitats range from the Andes Mountains in the west to the Amazon Basin rainforest in the south, via extensive llanos plains and Caribbean coast in the center and the Orinoco River Delta in the east.
They include xeric scrublands in the extreme northwest and coastal mangrove forests in the northeast.
Animals of Venezuela are diverse and include manatees , three-toed sloth , two-toed sloth , Amazon river dolphins , and Orinoco crocodiles , which have been reported to reach up to 6.
Venezuela hosts a total of 1, bird species, 48 of which are endemic. Notable mammals include the giant anteater , jaguar , and the capybara , the world's largest rodent.
More than half of Venezuelan avian and mammalian species are found in the Amazonian forests south of the Orinoco. For the fungi, an account was provided by R.
Dennis  which has been digitized and the records made available on-line as part of the Cybertruffle Robigalia database. Among plants of Venezuela, over 25, species of orchids are found in the country's cloud forest and lowland rainforest ecosystems.
The tops of the tepuis are also home to several carnivorous plants including the marsh pitcher plant, Heliamphora , and the insectivorous bromeliad, Brocchinia reducta.
Venezuela is among the top 20 countries in terms of endemism. Venezuela is one of the 10 most biodiverse countries on the planet, yet it is one of the leaders of deforestation due to economic and political factors.
Each year, roughly , hectares of forest are permanently destroyed and other areas are degraded by mining, oil extraction, and logging.
Between and , Venezuela officially lost 8. In the far south is a reserve for the country's Yanomami tribes. Covering 32, square miles 82, square kilometres , the area is off-limits to farmers, miners, and all non-Yanomami settlers.
The Venezuelan president is elected by a vote, with direct and universal suffrage , and is both head of state and head of government.
The term of office is six years, and as of 15 February a president may be re-elected an unlimited number of times. The president appoints the vice president and decides the size and composition of the cabinet and makes appointments to it with the involvement of the legislature.
The president can ask the legislature to reconsider portions of laws he finds objectionable, but a simple parliamentary majority can override these objections.
The president may ask the National Assembly to pass an enabling act granting the ability to rule by decree in specified policy areas; this requires a two-thirds majority in the Assembly.
Since , six Venezuelan presidents have been granted such powers. The number of members is variable — each state and the Capital district elect three representatives plus the result of dividing the state population by 1.
For the — period the number of seats is The voting age in Venezuela is 18 and older. Voting is not compulsory. The legal system of Venezuela belongs to the Continental Law tradition.
The highest judicial body is the Supreme Tribunal of Justice or Tribunal Supremo de Justicia , whose magistrates are elected by parliament for a single two-year term.
Supreme Court president Luisa Estela Morales said in December that Venezuela had moved away from "a rigid division of powers" toward a system characterized by "intense coordination" between the branches of government.
Morales clarified that each power must be independent adding that "one thing is separation of powers and another one is division".
The parliamentary elections were held on 6 December to elect the deputies and three indigenous representatives of the National Assembly.
In , a series of protest and demonstrations began in Venezuela, attributed [ by whom? The government has accused the protest of being motivated by fascists , opposition leaders, capitalism and foreign influence,  despite being largely peaceful.
President Maduro acknowledged PSUV defeat, but attributed the opposition's victory to an intensification of an economic war.
Despite this, Maduro said "I will stop by hook or by crook the opposition coming to power, whatever the costs, in any way".
The first steps taken by PSUV and government were the substitution of the entire Supreme Court a day after the Parliamentary Elections  contrary to the Constitution of Venezuela, acclaimed as a fraud by the majority of the Venezuelan and international press.
Maduro said that "the Amnesty law approved by the Parliament will not be executed" and asked the Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional before the law was known.
On 16 January , Maduro approved an unconstitutional economic emergency decree,  relegating to his own figure the legislative and executive powers, while also holding judiciary power through the fraudulent designation of judges the day after the election on 6 December On 14 May , constitutional guarantees were in fact suspended when Maduro decreed the extension of the economic emergency decree for another 60 days and declared a State of Emergency,  which is a clear violation of the Constitution of Venezuela  in the Article th: "The approval of the extension of States of emergency corresponds to the National Assembly.
On 14 May , the Organization of American States was considering the application of the Inter-American Democratic Charter  sanctions for non-compliance to its own constitution.
In March , the Venezuelan Supreme Court took over law making powers from the National Assembly  but reversed its decision the following day.
Throughout most of the 20th century, Venezuela maintained friendly relations with most Latin American and Western nations. In , Venezuela was declared a national security threat by U.
For example, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki declared in that Venezuela was his country's "most important ally".
Venezuela seeks alternative hemispheric integration via such proposals as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas trade proposal and the newly launched Latin American television network teleSUR.
Venezuela is one of five nations in the world—along with Russia, Nicaragua, Nauru, and Syria—to have recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Venezuela was a proponent of OAS 's decision to adopt its Anti-Corruption Convention  and is actively working in the Mercosur trade bloc to push increased trade and energy integration.
Globally, it seeks a " multi-polar " world based on strengthened ties among undeveloped countries. It will take two years for the country to formally leave.
During this period, the country does not plan on participating in the OAS. Venezuela is involved in a long-standing disagreement about the control of the Guayana Esequiba area.
Venezuela may suffer a deterioration of its power in international affairs if the global transition to renewable energy is completed. It includes over , men and women, under Article of the Constitution, in 5 components of Ground, Sea and Air.
As of [update] , a further , soldiers were incorporated into a new branch, known as the Armed Reserve. The president of Venezuela is the commander-in-chief of the national armed forces.
The main roles of the armed forces are to defend the sovereign national territory of Venezuela, airspace, and islands, fight against drug trafficking, to search and rescue and, in the case of a natural disaster, civil protection.
All male citizens of Venezuela have a constitutional duty to register for the military service at the age of 18, which is the age of majority in Venezuela.
In Venezuela, a person is murdered every 21 minutes. Venezuela is especially dangerous toward foreign travelers and investors who are visiting.
The United States Department of State and the Government of Canada have warned foreign visitors that they may be subjected to robbery, kidnapping for a ransom or sale to terrorist organizations  and murder, and that their own diplomatic travelers are required to travel in armored vehicles.
There are approximately 33 prisons holding about 50, inmates. Venezuela's prison system is heavily overcrowded; its facilities have capacity for only 14, prisoners.
Corruption in Venezuela is high by world standards and was so for much of the 20th century. The ranking placed Venezuela at number , out of ranked countries in government transparency.
This corruption is shown with Venezuela's significant involvement in drug trafficking , with Colombian cocaine and other drugs transiting Venezuela towards the United States and Europe.
In the period - Venezuelan authorities seized the fifth largest total quantity of cocaine in the world, behind Colombia, the United States, Spain and Panama.
However, many major government and military officials have been known for their involvement with drug trafficking; especially with the October incident of men from the Venezuelan National Guard placing 1.
Venezuela is divided into 23 states estados , a capital district distrito capital corresponding to the city of Caracas, and the Federal Dependencies Dependencias Federales , a special territory.
Venezuela is further subdivided into municipalities municipios ; these are subdivided into over one thousand parishes parroquias.
The states are grouped into nine administrative regions regiones administrativas , which were established in by presidential decree.
The country can be further divided into ten geographical areas, some corresponding to climatic and biogeographical regions.
In the north are the Venezuelan Andes and the Coro region , a mountainous tract in the northwest, holds several sierras and valleys.
East of it are lowlands abutting Lake Maracaibo and the Gulf of Venezuela. The Central Range runs parallel to the coast and includes the hills surrounding Caracas; the Eastern Range, separated from the Central Range by the Gulf of Cariaco , covers all of Sucre and northern Monagas.
The private sector controls two-thirds of Venezuela's economy. The president of the Central Bank of Venezuela serves as the country's representative in the International Monetary Fund.
The U. Most of Venezuela's gold held abroad was located in London. Venezuela manufactures and exports heavy industry products such as steel , aluminium and cement , with production concentrated around Ciudad Guayana , near the Guri Dam , one of the largest in the world and the provider of about three-quarters of Venezuela's electricity.
Other notable manufacturing includes electronics and automobiles , as well as beverages , and foodstuffs. The country is not self-sufficient in most areas of agriculture.
In , total food consumption was over 26 million metric tonnes, a Since the discovery of oil in the early 20th century, Venezuela has been one of the world's leading exporters of oil, and it is a founding member of OPEC.
Previously an underdeveloped exporter of agricultural commodities such as coffee and cocoa, oil quickly came to dominate exports and government revenues.
The recovery of oil prices after boosted the Venezuelan economy and facilitated social spending. With social programs such as the Bolivarian Missions , Venezuela initially made progress in social development in the s, particularly in areas such as health, education, and poverty.
This led to the development of a parallel market of dollars in the subsequent years. The fallout of the global financial crisis saw a renewed economic downturn.
Despite controversial data shared by the Venezuelan government showing that the country had halved malnutrition following one of the UN's Millennium Development Goals,   shortages of staple goods began to occur in Venezuela and malnutrition began to increase.
In early , Venezuela devalued its currency due to growing shortages in the country. One of his decisions was to force stores and their warehouses to sell all of their products, which led to even more shortages in the future.
Tourism has been developed considerably in recent decades, particularly because of its favorable geographical position, the variety of landscapes, the richness of plant and wildlife , the artistic expressions and the privileged tropical climate of the country, which affords each region especially the beaches throughout the year.
Margarita Island is one of the top tourist destinations for enjoyment and relaxation. It is an island with a modern infrastructure, bordered by beautiful beaches suitable for extreme sports, and features castles, fortresses and churches of great cultural value.
Shortages occur in regulated products, such as milk, various types of meat, coffee, rice, oil, flour, butter, and other goods including basic necessities like toilet paper, personal hygiene products, and even medicine.
A drought, combined with a lack of planning and maintenance, has caused a hydroelectricity shortage.
To deal with lack of power supply, in April the Maduro government announced rolling blackouts  and reduced the government workweek to only Monday and Tuesday.
By late and into , Venezuelans had to search for food on a daily basis, occasionally resorting to eating wild fruit or garbage , wait in lines for hours and sometimes settle without having certain products.
Venezuela has the largest oil reserves, and the eighth largest natural gas reserves in the world. Besides the largest conventional oil reserves and the second-largest natural gas reserves in the Western Hemisphere,  Venezuela has non-conventional oil deposits extra-heavy crude oil , bitumen and tar sands approximately equal to the world's reserves of conventional oil.
In the first half of the 20th century, U. Managers and skilled highly paid technicians of PDVSA shut down the plants and left their posts, and by some reports sabotaged equipment, and petroleum production and refining by PDVSA almost ceased.
Activities eventually were slowly restarted by returning and substitute oil workers. Venezuela has a limited national railway system , which has no active rail connections to other countries.
The Maracaibo Metro and Valencia Metro were opened more recently. Venezuela is among the most urbanized countries in Latin America;   the vast majority of Venezuelans live in the cities of the north, especially in the capital Caracas, which is also the largest city.
The largest and most important city south of the Orinoco is Ciudad Guayana , which is the sixth most populous conurbation. According to a study by sociologists of the Central University of Venezuela , over 1.
The people of Venezuela come from a variety of ancestries. It is estimated that the majority of the population is of mestizo , or mixed, ethnic ancestry.
Nevertheless, in the census, which Venezuelans were asked to identify themselves according to their customs and ancestry, the term mestizo was excluded from the answers.
The majority claimed to be mestizo or white — Ethnic minorities in Venezuela consist of groups that descend mainly from African or indigenous peoples; 2.
During the colonial period and until after the Second World War, many of the European immigrants to Venezuela came from the Canary Islands ,  which had a significant cultural impact on the cuisine and customs of Venezuela.
Later, during and after the war, new waves of immigrants from other parts of Europe, the Middle East, and China began; many were encouraged by government-established immigration programs and lenient immigration policies.
According to the World Refugee Survey , published by the U. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Venezuela hosted a population of refugee and asylum seekers from Colombia numbering , in , and 10, new asylum seekers entered Venezuela in The total indigenous population of the country is estimated at about thousand people 2.
The Constitution recognizes the multi-ethnic, pluri-cultural, and multilingual character of the country and includes a chapter devoted to indigenous peoples' rights, which opened up spaces for their political inclusion at national and local level in Most indigenous peoples are concentrated in eight states along Venezuela's borders with Brazil, Guyana, and Colombia, and the majority groups are the Wayuu west , the Warao east , the Yanomami south , and the Pemon southeast.
Although most residents are monolingual Spanish speakers, many languages are spoken in Venezuela. Wayuu is the most spoken indigenous language with , speakers.
Immigrants, in addition to Spanish, speak their own languages. Chinese , , Portuguese , ,  and Italian ,  are the most spoken languages in Venezuela after the official language of Spanish.
English is the most widely used foreign language in demand and is spoken by many professionals, academics, and members of the upper and middle classes as a result of the oil exploration done by foreign companies, in addition to its acceptance as a lingua franca.
Culturally, English is common in southern towns like El Callao , and the native English-speaking influence is evident in folk and calypso songs from the region.
Other languages spoken by large communities in the country are Basque and Galician , among others. Religion in Venezuela .
There are small but influential Muslim , Buddhist , and Jewish communities. Buddhism in Venezuela is practiced by over 52, people. The Buddhist community is made up mainly of Chinese , Japanese , and Korean people.
The Jewish community has shrunk in recent years due to rising antisemitism in Venezuela ,      with the population declining from 22, in  to less than 7, in The culture of Venezuela is a melting pot made up of three main groups: The Indigenous Venezuelans, the Africans, and the Spanish.
The first two cultures were in turn differentiated according to their tribes. Acculturation and assimilation, typical of a cultural syncretism, led to the Venezuelan culture of the present day, which is similar in many ways to the culture of the rest of Latin America, but still has its own unique characteristics.
The indigenous and African influence is limited to a few words, food names, and place names. However, the Africans also brought in many musical influences, especially introduction of the drum.
The Spanish influence predominantes due to the colonization process and the socioeconomic structure it created, and in particular came from the regions of Andalusia and Extremadura the places of origin of most of the settlers in the Caribbean during the colonial era.
Spanish influences can be seen in the country's architecture, music, religion, and language. Spanish influences can also be seen in the bullfights that take place in Venezuela, and in certain gastronomical features.
Venezuela was also enriched by immigration streams of Indian and European origin in the 19th century, especially from France. Most recently, immigration from the United States, Spain, Italy, and Portugal has further enriched the already complex cultural mosaic especially in large oil-producing cities.
Venezuelan art was initially dominated by religious motifs. However, in the late 19th century, artists began emphasizing historical and heroic representations of the country's struggle for independence.
Venezuelan literature originated soon after the Spanish conquest of the mostly pre-literate indigenous societies.
The national musical instrument is the cuatro. The Zulian gaita is also a very popular genre, generally performed during Christmas.
The national dance is the joropo. Recently, great classical music performances have come out of Venezuela. The orchestra is the pinnacle of El Sistema , a publicly financed, voluntary music education program now being emulated in other countries.
Afro-Venezuelan musical traditions are most intimately related to the festivals of the "black folk saints" San Juan and St.
Benedict the Moor. Specific songs are related to the different stages of their festivals and processions, when the saints start their yearly " paseo" — stroll — through the community to dance with their people.
The origins of baseball in Venezuela are unclear, although it is known that the sport was being played in the country by the late 19th century.
The immense popularity of baseball in the country makes Venezuela a rarity among its South American neighbors— association football is the dominant sport in the continent.
Although not as popular in Venezuela as the rest of South America, football, spearheaded by the Venezuela national football team is gaining popularity as well.
The sport is also noted for having an increased focus during the World Cup. Venezuela is also home to former Formula 1 driver, Pastor Maldonado.
The Venezuelan cuisine reflects the climatic contrasts and cultures that coexist in Venezuela. The literacy rate of the adult population was already at Currently, many Venezuelan graduates seek a future abroad because of the country's troubled economy and heavy crime rate.
Venezuela has a national universal health care system. Infant mortality in Venezuela was 19 deaths per 1, births for which was lower than the South American average To compare: The U.
Delta Amacuro and Amazonas had the nation's highest rates. During the economic crisis observed under President Maduro's presidency, medical professionals were forced to perform outdated treatments on patients.
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