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Peru

Capital city Lima
Total area (square kilometres) 1,285,000 square kilometres
Population total 24 million (1996)
Official language Spanish and Quechua
National currency New Sol
GNP per capita Not available
Proportion of population living on less than US$1 a day Not available

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Peru is divided into three natural regions by the Andes mountain range. The western coastal area is desert but has been irrigated artificially. It is the most developed and densely populated.

The highlands, largely in the north, are also well populated. Subsistence farming is practised there, with corn and potatoes a popular part of the diet. Llamas and alpacas are also raised for their wool. The eastern Amazon lowlands are much more sparsely populated.

 

 

 

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