Puerto Rico

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Yet, Puerto Rico's economic convergence and political integration with the rest of the nation is in a state of arrest - even though the island has been within the national borders, political system and customs territory of the U.S. for a century.

Dick Thornburgh

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Official name: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico)
Head of State: US President Barack Obama
Head of government: Governor Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla (PPD) (from 2 Jan 2013)
Ruling party: Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) (Popular Democratic Party) (from 2 Jan 2013)
Area: 8,897 square km (Puerto Rico comprises the main island plus two smaller islands (Vieques and Culebra) and numerous smaller islets.)
Population: 3.71 million (2011); (3,725,789; 2010, census figure)
Capital: San Juan
Official language: Spanish, English
Currency: US dollar (US$) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: US$1.00 per US$ (fixed rate)
GDP per capita: US$17,687 (2011)*
GDP real growth: -1.70% (2011)*
GDP: US$65.40 billion (2011)*
Unemployment: 15.90% (2012)*
Inflation: 3.60% (2011)*
Balance of trade: US$20.16 billion (2009)*
* estimated figure

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