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FACT FILE

Country: United States of America (U.S.A.)

Capital: Washington, D.C.

Population: 295.7 million

Area: 9.3 million sq. km

Major Ethnic Groups: European, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American

Languages: English, Spanish

Money: U.S. Dollar

National Flag:

Climate

The United States has a number of different climatic zones. The Northern parts of the country are generally warm in the summer and cold in the winter. While in the South, it is hot and dry for most of the year. Alaska, located on the Northwest coast of Canada, is cold throughout the entire year.

 

Food

Americans eat a wide variety of food including cereals, toast , and bacon and eggs for breakfast. Lunches usually include sandwiches and soups, while suppers consist of meat and potatoes. Different nationalities influence the food choices and now many Americans eat tacos, rice, pizza, and pasta. Fast food is also a part of the American lifestyle with hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and milkshakes being served to busy families. Desserts often include chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, apple pie, and cake.

 

Recreation and the Arts

Americans love to both watch and participate in sports. The national sport is baseball, while other popular ones include football, basketball, boxing, wrestling, car races, golf, tennis, bowling and fishing. Water sports are also favoured such as swimming, boating, and surfing.

American film, television, and music are broadcast throughout the world. Many famous actors, singers, and performers are from the U.S.A.. Jann Brett, a famous children's author, is one of many famous American writers.

 

Celebrations and Holidays

The people of America celebrate the same holidays Canadians do, such as Christmas, New Year's, and Easter. They also celebrate Independence day on July4th, Martin Luther King day, President's Day, and Memorial Day to remember the soldiers who fought and died for their country.

 

Famous Places and Interesting Facts

Spanish and Mexican food is very popular in the United States. Salsa outsells ketchup, and fast food outlets selling tacos, corn chips, and tortillas are located throughout the country.

 

Statue of Liberty

Time Square

Central Park

Guggenheim Museum

 

***All information and graphics borrowed from

 http://www.settlement.org/cp/english/usa/index.html
http://www.nationmaster.com/country/us

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Last revised: January 2006