San Juan, Puerto RicoArea
8959 sq km (3459 sq miles).

Population
3,833,000 (1998).

Population Density
427.8 per sq km.

Capital
San Juan. Population: 439,427 (1998).

Geography
Puerto Rico is an island east of the Dominican Republic and west of the British Virgin Islands. Also included are several smaller islands, such as Culebra, Mona and Vieques. The island is comparatively small, 8959 sq km (3459 sq miles), with a central mountain range reaching an altitude of 1338m (4390ft) at Cerro de Punta, and surrounded by low coastal plains. The capital is on the northeast shore. Much of the natural forest has been cleared for agriculture, but the trees in the northeast are protected as a national park. The other main towns are Ponce, Bayamón, Mayagüez and Caguas.

Language
Spanish and English are the official languages.

Religion
81 per cent Roman Catholic; the remainder are other Christian denominations and Jews.

Electricity
110 volts AC, 60Hz.

Telephone
IDD service is available. Country code: 1 787. Outgoing international code: 011.

Mobile telephone
CDMA/TDMA network. Not compatible with GSM handsets.

Internet/E-mail
ISPs include Coqui Net (website: www.coqui.net). Access is available in hotels and business centres.

Post
Airmail to Western Europe takes up to a week.

Press
The English-language newspaper published in Puerto Rico is The San Juan Star; others include El Vocero de Puerto Rico and El Nuevo Dia.