Cuba Fact Sheet

Cuba is the 17th largest island in the world.

Cuba is the most populated country in all of the Caribbean, with more than 11 million residents.

Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world: 99.8%.

Cuba is the only Latin American country that reached UNESCO’s global education goals through it’s Education for All (EFA) 2000- 2015 program.

Cuban writers like José Martí, Alejo Carpentier, and Nicolás Guillén have shaped the development of Latin-Caribbean literature.

Cuba actually possesses one of the best health care systems anywhere in the world and it boasts the highest doctor to population ratio in the world.

Medical technology and medical tourism are some of Cuba’s largest exports

After Hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered the U.S. medical aid and the U.S. rejected it.

The U.S. pays Cuba $4,085 a month in rent for Guantanamo Bay, but Cuba refuses to cash the checks.

Cuba calculates the cost of 54-year U.S. embargo at $1.1 trillion.

In every Gallup poll since 1999, a majority of Americans have wanted to normalize relations with Cuba.

The portion of Cuban-Americans who support the Obama administration's decision to normalize relations with Cuba now stands at 51 percent.

A majority of Cuban-Americans, 56 percent, now favor easing travel restrictions.

Cuba’s historic architecture is celebrated with UNESCO support.

Dance is very important in Cuba. Son, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha was invented in the country.

Cuba is renown for its music. The main musical form is called son, which is a combination of upbeat rhythms with classical guitar.