Imports$3.352 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$721.3 million (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)8.5% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate40.6% (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$1,300 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate-8% (2010 est.)
Internet users1 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular4 million (2009)
Population growth rate0.888%
Population9,801,664 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
The native Taino Amerindians - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years.
In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola.
In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti....
Haiti's economy suffered a severe setback when a 7.
1 magnitude earthquake damaged its capital city, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010.
Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty, the damage to Port-au-Prince caused the country's GDP to contract an estimated 8% in 2010....
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