The official language spoken in Cuba is Spanish and it is the first language of about 90 percent of the entire population. Other languages spoken in the country include Haitian Creole , Lucimi , Galician , and Corsican .
The majority of Cubans only know Spanish, but in larger cities and tourist areas, English is more commonly spoken . Although knowledge of Spanish isn’t required, you are encouraged to learn simple words and basic phrases in order to maximize your experience with the Cuban people.
Cuba has had a socialist political system since 1959 based on the “one state – one party” principle. Cuba is constitutionally defined as a Marxist–Leninist socialist state guided in part by the political ideas of Karl Marx, one of the fathers of historical materialism, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin.
One of the main differences you’ll find between Cuban Spanish and general Latin American Spanish is the nasal accent and rhythmic intonation. This is the influence of African settlers on the language and makes it sound very different from most other Spanish varieties. Cuba has sixteen provinces in modern day.
Greetings You probably already know that “Hola” is the Spanish word for hello . This is quite sufficient for greeting someone in Cuba , since it’s a fairly informal society.
Cuba is a country of undeniable enchantment with its butter-soft balmy beaches, lush green countryside, and colorful colonial cities, which crawl with 1950s Cadillacs and overflow with the scent of rum and cigar smoke.
As in any country, crime is a concern in Cuba . Thankfully, violent crime is rare, but thieves won’t hesitate to steal your belongings, especially cameras. When on the beach or walking through Havana, don’t set your stuff down. Always keep your cameras, wallets, purses, passports, and other valuables close to your body.
Don’t eat raw vegetables, fruits, or eggs These are all considered “high risk” foods are great examples of what not to eat in Cuba . The International Association for Medical Assistance for Travellers (IAMAT) offers this piece of advice: “BOIL IT, COOK IT, PEEL IT, OR FORGET IT.”
The only way to become a Cuban resident is to marry a Cuban citizen. This will get you an automatic Cuban passport. You can live in Cuba with a Snowbird Visa and just keep renewing it. It is important to know that as an American you cannot own property or a vehicle in Cuba , you can only rent.
Cuba is one of a few extant Marxist–Leninist socialist states, where the role of the vanguard Communist Party is enshrined in the Constitution. Independent observers have accused the Cuban government of numerous human rights abuses, including short-term arbitrary imprisonment.
The economy of Cuba is a largely planned economy dominated by state-run enterprises. In 2016 Cuba ranked 68th out of 182 countries, with a Human Development Index of 0.775, much higher than its GDP per capita rank (95th).
|Country||Since||Head of party|
|People’s Republic of China||1 October 1949||Xi Jinping (since 2012)|
|Republic of Cuba||1 January 1959||Raúl Castro (since 2011)|
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic||2 December 1975||Bounnhang Vorachith (since 2016)|
|Socialist Republic of Vietnam||2 July 1976||Nguyễn Phú Trọng (since 2011)|
Cubans ( Spanish : Cubanos), are people born in Cuba or with Cuban citizenship. Cuba is a multi-ethnic nation, home to people of different ethnic, religious and national backgrounds. As a result, Cubans generally do not equate their ethnicity with nationality but with citizenship and their allegiance to Cuba.
Cuba’s prevailing religion is Christianity, primarily Roman Catholicism, although in some instances it is profoundly modified and influenced through syncretism.
Cuban cuisine Comida criolla – roast or fried pork and chicken accompanied by rice, beans and viandas (root vegetables). Ropa vieja – shredded beef (or lamb) served as a kind of stew, prepared over a slow heat with green peppers, tomatoes, onions and garlic. Ajiaco – a rich stew. Tasajo – a form of fried dried beef.