Encasa – Cuba

Cuba, for all we know is a small island situated along the Carribean Sea, Gulf of Mexico. It is considered to be the 17th biggest island in the world. Cuba’s total land area is 110,860 kilometers square and the main capital is Havana. Pico Real del Turquino is considered to be the highest point in Cuba with an estimate of 2005 meters height.

Cuba boasts of splendid beaches and breathtaking colonial architecture that can truly capture any visitor’s interest to keep coming back to this place again and again. The entire culture of Cuba is widely influenced by Latin and Spanish. Cuba have been colonized by the Spanish government which resulted in using Spanish as their official language and most Spanish architecture can be seen all over the country.

Cuban citizens are lovers of various types of music and dances like Cancion, Zapateo, Bolero, Son and Salsa. Nowadays, just like any neighboring countries, this nation is also composed of different populations. A percentage of Cubans are Chinese, while 11% are black, 37% are white and the others contribute the total of 51% which is a combination of black and white known as “mulatto”. The most observed religion in the area is Christianity. Other religious faiths being practiced are Jews, Islam, Protestants and Bahai. Cuba also observes a religious faith called Santeria which is a combination of African religion and Catholicism.

Cuba is one nation that has been a major contributor to our world history. During the World War II for your information, the Cuban government was an ally of the United States. Until now this amazing country continues to be a favored place to hold major worldwide events. If you are more interested to learn about Cuba, its culture and people and planning to visit this wonderful place someday, do search online for the links of websites offering travel guide to tourists. There are various places worthy to go when you are already in Cuba.

“Healthy countries” is not the most popular information subject for mass media. Newspapers usually write about viruses, diseases or epidemics threatening the whole region at once. The American magazine “Foreign Policy” has published the rating of the five healthiest countries and explained its choice.

 Cuba is one of the healthiest countries in the world!

The island of freedom may rightly be proud of a low child mortality rate and a medium lifetime. The rate of six doctors per one thousand of Cubans is the highest rate in the world.

According to the experts, a big number of doctors cannot guarantee the population health, however, in Cuba it contributes to efficiency of measures on disease prevention. Thousands of Cuban doctors annually go abroad on study tours. Due to professionalism and the state support of healthcare Cuba achieves results even Europe may be envious of.

On the other hand, the focus on prevention and early diagnosis leads to the lack of drugs in the country. Besides, it is expected that openness of the Cuban society and increase in purchasing capacity of big layers of population shall stimulate the “import” of European and American diseases connected with dieting and food.

It is also worth mentioning that according to the Public Organization “March of Dimes” the healthiest countries from the genetic point of view are France, Austria, Australia, Switzerland and Russia.

8 million children with severe genetic defects are born every year. It makes up 6% of the total number of newborns. The number of newborns with severe genetic effects in the most developed countries makes up from 397 to 425 per 10.000 children.

The Russian rate makes up 429 per 10.000 newborns. The USA with its rate of 478 per 10.000 children occupies the 20th place, right after Cuba. The list is enclosed by Benin, Saudi Arabia and Sudan (from 779 to 820 per 10.000 newborns respectively). Among the post-Soviet countries the worst indicators are registered in Tajikistan (752), Kyrgyzstan (735) and Azerbaijan (631).

We should remember that our health is influenced not only by environment, the level of medical and genetic consulting and the healthcare level on the whole. A great deal depends on every one of us: his/her culture, education and lifestyle.Source:

5 famous things Cuba known for

What’s all the fuss about cuba? What’s this tiny little island just a few hundred miles of the coast of Florida famous for? You might be surprise… The cigars, the rum, the women, the dancing, not to mention the baseball. Ohh, and don’t forget about Castro.

#1. Its cigars. Cuban cigars are known worldwide as the best cigars. As the best they are also very expensive. Cuban cigars have been called the forbidden fruit because of their distinctive flavor and aroma. The Cuban government controls all cigar production in Cuba. Cuban cigars are made from tobacco, fillers, and wrappers grown, made, and manufactured in Cuba. Cuban cigars are for the most part hand rolled by master cigar rollers known as torcedores. Torcedores are considered artists in their field and are respected highly in Cuba and around the world. Although Cuban cigars are considered the best in the world they are illegal in the United States.

#2. Its Fidel. Fidel Castro has been a polarizing figure for decades. He is at the same time loved and hated by many. Fidel Castro came to power in 1959 as a result of the Cuban Revolution against U.S. backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. After the overthrow of Batista in 1959, Castro took charge of the military and soon became the next dictator of Cuba. From 1959 through 1960 Castro began to make sweeping changes throughout Cuba. Castro nationalized all industrial businesses, made agriculture into a collective community, and took control of all American-owned businesses. It was also during this time period that Castro began to cut times with the United States and form an alliance with the Soviet Union. Although Castro denied being a communist, he had effectively transformed Cuba into a communist country.

#3. Its rum. Cuban rum just as Cuban cigars is among the best in the world. Cuban rum has been called the spice of life with its smooth but strong flavor. As with Cuban cigars, rum is illegal in the United States because of the trade embargo that was enacted in 1962. Cuban rum is made from the sugarcane by-product known as molasses. This process of making rum was brought to Cuba by slaves from Africa. Cuba was the main supplier of rum in the 1700’s and today the most common brand of Cuban rum is Havana Club.

#4. Its dancing. Cuba is famous for its spicy and sexy Latin dances. Picture in your mind moving passionately across the dance floor as you step in time to the beat of your dance partner’s rhythm. Cuban dances are about passion and immersing yourself into the story of the dance. The word Salsa was created in New York, however the dance originated in Cuba. Salsa combines a mix of the Danzon from the French, the Rhumba from Africa, and the Son of Cuba. The Cha-Cha-Cha also originated in Cuba. The Cha-Cha-Cha is similar to the Mambo and gained fame in the early 1950’s. The Cha-Cha-Cha is more sensual than the Salsa and can be more complex with its many rhythms.

#5. Its baseball. Baseball is more than just America’s favorite past time. It is one of the most played sports in Cuba with a long and rich history. Baseball was brought to Cuba sometime around 1860 by Cubans who had studied and played along side sailors in the United States. Some of the greatest baseball players in the world are of Cuban Heritage. Cristobal Torriente, Martin Dihigo, and Jose Mendez are all in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cubans have played baseball in just about every nation where baseball exists in the world. Not only have Cubans played abroad but many baseball greats from other countries have gone to Cuba to play as well.Source:



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