George W. Bush

United States

(pronounced "JORGE BUHSH")

" In all these days of promise and days of reckoning, we can be confident. In a whirlwind of change and hope and peril, our faith is sure, our resolve is firm, and our union is strong."

The United States of America is located in the North American continent, bordering Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. Alaska sits to the northwest of Canada, and the Hawaiian Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean, midway between the west coast of the United States and eastern Asia. The United States encompasses approximately 5.8 million sq km (3.6 million sq mi) and has a population of approximately 281 million (July, 2002 estimate). The largest religious groups are Protestants and Roman Catholics. However, there are also great numbers of Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and other religious minorities. English is the primary language. With the exception of the Native American population, the United States is a nation of immigrants, settled and developed by people from all over the world.

The unit of currency is the dollar, a strong currency that is often used in many countries around the world. The per capita gross domestic product (GDP) was estimated at US $36,300 in 2001. As the United States has the world's largest economy, its trading partners are numerous, though most business is conducted with Canada, Europe, Japan, and Mexico. Major exports include machinery, chemicals, aircraft, motor vehicles, agricultural products, and entertainment. The United States is also a leading producer of computer and communications technology.


The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500

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