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VENEZUELA IN NUMBERS
STATISTICS about VENEZUELA are chilling. These are actual figures that all Venezuelans and residents in the country know. I respect liberal's POV (the world needs change and free thinkers!) Hopefully this helps shed light to forming an informed opinion.
When Chavez came in 1999 there were 16 Government Departments; today (2013) there are 36, a 125% increase
In 1999, the state had 900,000 PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; today 2,300.00. Increase by 155%.
Foreign Currency Exchange control in 1999 without the bolivar EXCHANGE RATE of the above (“weak”) was Bs. / USD 573.86, today exchange control CADIVI price of Bs. / USD 6300 (VEB of the above), a devaluation of 997.83%. Excluding the auction price, the parallel dollar or black market rate.
In 1999 the OIL PRICE 10.57 USD / barrel; today, 109.45 dollars / barrel, the price is 935.48% higher.
In 1999 OIL PRODUCTION in million barrels per day was 3,480; today is in MMB/d 2,357 which represents 32.27% less
In 1999, OIL EXPORT was MMB/d 3,000; in recent years it was MMB/d 2,200 representing 26.67% less
In 1999 THE state-owned oil company PDVSA PAYROLL had 40,000 employees, now has 120,000 payroll; it increased by 300%
In 1999 PDVSA each worker produced 87,000 barrels a day, now each of PDVSA workers produce barrels 19,641.67. This indicates that the PRODUCTIVITY of PDVSA workers decreased by 342.94%
In 1999, PDVSA DEBT was $ 6,000 Million US$; today it is MU$S 40,026; increased by 567.10%
In 1999 the DOMESTIC DEBT was Million BBs 2,534; today, Million BBs 216 018, increased by 8424.78%
DEBT in 1999 was US$39,911Million; today it is US $104,481 Million, increased by 161.78%
In 1999 the country had 4,500 HOMICIDES; the figure reached 21,692 by 2012, it has increased by 382%
22,500 properties have been invaded nationwide from 1999 to September 2012
The government has invaded more than 600 farms (2.5 million hectares).
The government has spent more than 14 billion dollars on purchasing war WEAPONS. Venezuela went from being #46 importer in the world to #15, which according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an increase in imports of 555%, thanks in part to agreements with Russia.
The "strong" bolivar has lost 46.5% of its purchasing power only so far in 2013.
Cumulative inflation over the 14 Chavez years is of 933%.
The government has a media oligopoly of 731 media.
9 million Venezuelans are living in poverty, and of those, in revolutionary Venezuela, 3 million go to bed with an empty stomach.
The Ministry of Education has 150,000 teachers on payroll.
From 1999-2012, 7,000 Venezuelan doctors fled the country, totaling 60,000 professionals of all kinds.
80% of our oil exports go to the U.S., a favorite destination, the so-called “Empire”: they pay cash.
In Venezuela 300 animal species are in threat of extinction.
For every $100 entering the country, $94 are from oil exports.
CTV reported that there are over 400 collective bargaining agreements up for renewal.
There are 1,000,000 people infected with Chagas disease; malaria, measles and other vaccine-controlled diseases have returned.
According to DATA, real income for strata D and E reflects a fall of 14% and 13%, respectively.
The funds given away to other countries exceed 60 billion dollars.
97% of crimes go unpunished in the country.
The attempted assassination allegations against Chavez are more than 50 AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF PROOF
The government owes about 12 billion dollars to nationalized companies; only paid off the 7% of total nationalized companies, without the likelihood to pay, to their rightful owners, the rest.
In Venezuela, 70% of young people in public education do not graduate from high school and do not see subjects such as chemistry, physics, mathematics or English due to a teacher deficit.
In 1999, Venezuela imported 1% of meat consumption, and now we import 59%.
In 1999 national cattle herd was at 112.81 million heads; in 2012 national herd was at 12 million, or 89.36% lower.
In 2006 coffee production peaked at 1.57 million quintals; in 2009 it fell to 850 million pounds.
From a country with a 230-year history of coffee exports: In 1998, Venezuela exported 388,000 quintals of coffee, and in 2009 we reached 0 exports. We went from being exporters to importers of coffee with 80% of demand coming from Nicaragua, Brazil and El Salvador. The total food imports reached 70%, the “port economy”.
In the case of coffee, the INE said that 366,110 quintals were purchased abroad, equal to bags of 46 kilos each. Imports in the industry in the first half cost more than 84.05 million dollars, an increase of 18.35% compared to 71.01 million dollars paid in the first half of 2011 for 371,884.64 quintals.
The National Statistics Institute said sugar imports increased 110.60% from 56.93 million dollars in the first half of 2011 to $ 119.9 million in foreign purchases between January and June 2012.
Scheduled blackouts and power outages cover 60% of the national territory. Since January 2009 the country declared an energy crisis, it's been 4 years and it still in crisis.
The Military occupy 2,200 senior public administration positions; 3,000 more occupy low and middle positions.
In the country there are 15 million guns circulating without any control.
In the country's prisons (34 prisons) there are 12,000 beds and 45,000 inmates. Penalties are run by inmates called “pranes”, they control the weapons of war, food, water, liquor and drugs. 560 deaths and 1,457 injuries were reported in the 34 prisons in 2011. Of the 45,000 inmates, those 560 dead people represent 124.4% per 10,000 inmates.
The 34 prisons in the country are home to 45,000 prisoners but were built for no more than 12,000 people. This represents an overcrowding of 275%. 80% are in the process of waiting for a guilty or innocent judgment and 20% are punishable by a final judgment.
4 million children are currently outside of the education system.
98% of the financing for the agricultural sector comes from the private sector; the public sector serves only 2%.
This is information that everyone opining on the Venezuelan reality should know... I am a Venezuelan, I grew up there and now I go back and I see the reality of the country I love. I have no respect for a totalitarian, autocratic Castro-Communism regime in our beautiful country. Please help bring light to the facts.