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The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is an federal presidential constitutional republic, covering 916.445 square kilometres, in-between Colombia, Guyana (which it does not recognise) and Brazil, with the Northern Atlantic Sea to the north. It is the home to 31.775.371 citizens, of which 88% are Christians and even more seems to be poor and real unsatisfied. That make it a real dangerous country to travel in (2017), and despite I would love to see the amassing Angles Falls, I don't won't to actually die for it.
The currency is Bolívar Fuerte, officially worth 0,65 Danish Krone and €0,09, but in the black market, it is exchanged to around 100 times as much/little. ATMs so pay out Bolívar Fuerte, but only 1% of what you can change it to on the street. The GDP is US$251.589 billion.
The climate is significantly dryer than most surrounding countries, due to the lowlands. It varies from humid low-elevation plains, where average annual temperatures range as high as 35°C, to glaciers and highlands, with an average yearly temperature of 8°C.
Venezuela is one of the ten most biodiverse countries on the planet, yet it is one of the leaders of deforestation due to economic and political factors. Each year, roughly 287.600 hectares of forest are permanently destroyed and other areas are degraded by mining, oil extraction, and logging. I hope to be able to see it before it is too late!
The fauna of Venezuela consists of a huge variety of animals. Some 23% of reptilian and 50% of amphibian species that inhabit the country are endemic to Venezuela. Overall, around 8.000 species (the world's 5th highest total) are endemic to the country. I will not list even the most interesting animals.
The flora of Venezuela consists of a huge variety of unique plants; around 38% of the estimated 21.000 species of plants found in the country are endemic to Venezuela. Overall, around 48% of Venezuela's land is forested; this includes over 60% of the Venezuelan Amazon. I have no special plants I want to see, although her are so many interesting ones.