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Haiti Country Profile

Haiti became the world's first black-led republic and the first independent Caribbean state when it threw off French colonial control and slavery in a series of wars in the early 19th century. However, decades of poverty, environmental degradation, violence, instability and dictatorship have left it as the poorest nation in the Americas.

Full name: Republic of Haiti

Population: 10.2 million (UN, 2010)

Capital: Port-au-Prince

Area: 27,750 sq km (10,714 sq miles)

Major languages: Creole, French

Major religion: Christianity

Life expectancy: 60 years (men), 64 years (women) (UN)

Monetary unit: 1 gourde = 100 centimes

Main exports: Light manufactures, coffee, oils, mangoes

GNI per capita: Estimated to be low income: $995 or less (World Bank, 2009)

Internet domain: .ht

International dialling code: +509

President: Michel Martelly

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