NAM COUNTRY: HAITI

HAITI


Geography



President René Garcia Préval
Prime Minister Jacques Édouard Alexis

Quick Facts

Official Name

Republic of Haiti

Location Caribbean, western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Dominican Republic
Capital Port-au-Prince
Population

8,706,497 (July 2007 est.)

Religion

Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16% (Baptist 10%, Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%), none 1%, other 3%

Languages

French (official), Creole (official)

National Holiday

Independence Day, 1 January (1804)

Government

Republic

Legal System

based on Roman civil law system

Head of State

Prime Minister Jacques Édouard Alexis

Head Of Government

President René Garcia Préval

Currency

gourde (HTG)

Natural Resources bauxite, copper, calcium carbonate, gold, marble, hydropower
Industries sugar refining, flour milling, textiles, cement, light assembly based on imported parts
Import Partners United States 46.5%, Netherlands Antilles 11.9%, Brazil 3.8% (2006)
Export Partners United States 79.8%, Dominican Republic 7.6%, Canada 3% (2006)