Country: Haiti

Population: 8,706,497

Capital: Port-au-Prince

Time Zone: UTC-5

Currency Name: gourde (HTG)

Government Type: Republic

Languages: French (official), Creole (official)

Ethnic Breakdown: black 95%, mulatto and white 5%

Religion: Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16% (Baptist 10%, Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%), none 1%, other 3% note: roughly half of the population practices voodoo

Major Cities: Port-au-Prince

Phone Country Code: 509

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.haititourisme.org/

High Travel Season: mid-December - mid-April

Voltage: 110 V - 60 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b

Major Holidays: January 1 (Independence Day), January 2 (Ancestry Day), January 6 (Les Rois), February 16 (Carnival), April 7 (Death of Toussaint L'Ouverture), May 1 (Labor Day), May 18 (Flag Day), May 22 (Sovereignty and Thanksgiving Day), June 7 (Corpus Christi), July 15 (Assumption of Mary), August 15 (Festival of Notre Dame), October 17 (Death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines), November 1 (All Saints Day), November 2 (All Souls Day), November 18 (Vertieres Day), December 5 (Discovery of Haiti), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: At one time, Haiti produced all of the baseballs for the U.S. major leagues.