region of Venezuela were shared by three principal ethnolinguistic
groups - the Cariban, Arawak and Chibcha during the time of the Spanish
Conquest. Columbus was the first European who gave the name of
Venezuela meaning as 'Little Venice'. After that,there was first
Spanish settlement on the mainland was established at CumanÃ¡ in 1521.
The colonization of Venezuela had remained throughout the 17th century.
During those years, Venezuela's economy expanded quickly in the 18th
century and Caracus became its focal point, providing administration to
the provinces of Venezuella, and its judicial, military and educational
institutions. After weakening the colonial power of Spanish, Venezuela
was part of the formation of Gran Columbia consisted of Colombia,
Venezuela and Ecuador. From 1820 until 1830 when the confederation
broke apart, Venezuela became an independent nation and declared full
independence under a new constitution.
the 1920's and 1930's, Venezuela started to give emphasis on
establishing good relations with foreign powers and opened its arms to
multinational oil companies. For most of the first half of the 20th
century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military
strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social
reforms. Democratically-elected governments have held sway since 1959.
concerns include: a divided military, drug-related conflicts along the
Colombian border, increasing internal drug consumption, overdependence
on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, and
irresponsible mining operations that are endangering the rain forest
and indigenous peoples.
Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Feb 7-8* - Carnival
Mar 24* - Holy Thursday
Mar 25* - Good Friday
Mar 19 - San Jose (Banks only)
Apr 19 - Mov. Precursor de la Independencia
May 1 - Labor Day
May through June - Ascension (banks only)and Corpus Christi
Jun 24 - Battle of Carabobo
Jun 29 - Sts Peter and Paul (Banks only)
Jul 5 - Firma Acta de Independencia
Jul 24 - Birth of the Libertador (Bolivar Day)
Aug 15 - Assumption (Banks only)
Oct 12 - Dia de la Raza/Columbus Day
Nov 1 - All Saints Day (Banks only)
Dec 8 - Immaculate Conception (Banks only)
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 31 - New Year's Eve (unofficial but general)
Ps: These festivals' dates (*) given above are approximations which are subject to change every new year.
Country Code: 58
Outgoing International Code: 00
CIA - The World Factbook
- The World Factbook- displays a wide range of country database
research which provides useful information about Venezuela under
different fields as its geography,people, government, economy,
communications, transportation, military, transnational issues.
Venezuela Industry Directory
is the Venezuelan commerce site offering global trade, business
opportunities, company and product directory for the local and foreign
Investment Opportunities in Venezuela
mission sponsored the webpage is to promote and carry through
investments contributing to the country's economic growth and
sustainable development. Its long-term vision points at becoming the
foremost promoter and integrator of public and private initiatives for
the expansion and consolidation of investment in Venezuela.
USA Commercial Service about Venezuela
is the official website of BuyUSA.Gov sponsored by the USA Commercial
Service which aims to indicate the business climate of Venezuela for
tha foreign investors via analyzing its business environment in
is available to find out Venezuela's general outlook on the issues of
its social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation,
government, duty free, health and so forth.
Venezuela Country Commercial Guide
country commercial reports are prepared annually that basically offers
a comprehensive outlook to Venezuela's commercial environments by using
economic, political, and market analysis.
Venezuela American Chamber of Commerce (VAAC)
is the officail website of Venezuela American Chamber of Commerce(VACC)
that is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the interests
of its members and to fostering trade, commerce, culture and
investments between Venezuela and the United States of America and
among Venezuelans living in the U.S.
Necessary Contact Addresses for Venezuela
is a list of significant institutions related to Venezuela like INTUR
(Instituto de Turismo), Embassy of the Republic of Venezuela, Embassy
of the Republic of Venezuela (Consular section), Venezuelan Consulate
General, Embassy of the Republic of Venezuela...etc. including their