Puerto Rico


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HFA National Reports

National Report 2007: Unreported

National Report 2006: Unreported

National platform:


HFA National Focal Point:

Agencia Estatal para el Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres (AEMEAD)

Address: Calle Eleanor Roosevelt #115, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, 00918, San Juan, 00906-6597.

PO Box 9066597;

Phone:+787-724-0124, Fax:+787-725-4244.

HFA Contact Person:

Mrs. Karilyn Bonilla Colón, Designated Director (as of December 2007)

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Conventional long form: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico / Conventional short form: Puerto Rico

Capital: San Juan

Holiday: US Independence Day, 4 July (1776); Puerto Rico Constitution Day, 25 July (1952). Independece none (territory of the US with commonwealth status).

Population Total: 3,944,259 (July 2007 est.)

Area: 13,790 sq km

Religions: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%.

Language: Spanish, English

Ethnics Groups: white (mostly Spanish origin) 80.5%, black 8%, Amerindian 0.4%, Asian 0.2%, mixed and other 10.9%.

Government: Commonwealth; self-governing territory of the United States

Currency: US dollar (USD)

Climate: Tropical marine, mild; little seasonal temperature variation

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.

Chief of state: President George W. BUSH of the US (since 20 January 2001); Vice President Richard B. CHENEY (since 20 January 2001) head of government: Governor Anibal ACEVEDO-VILA (since 2 January 2005) cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor with the consent of the legislature elections: under the US Constitution, residents of unincorporated territories, such as Puerto Rico, do not vote in elections for US president and vice president; governor elected by popular vote for a four-year term (no term limits); election last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held in November 2008) election results: Anibal ACEVEDO-VILA elected governor; percent of vote - 48.4%


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