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Ecuador

Capital: Quito
Area: 256,370 km²
Population: 13 millions
Languages: Spanish, Quichua
Religion: Catholic

Historic Overview
Economic Overview
1534: Foundation of Quito by the Spanish 1822: Independance from Spain
1830: Independance from Gran Colombia,
by Simon Bolivar
1995: War with Peru
1999: Economical Crisis
2000: Dollarization

Currency: US Dollar (since 2000)
Main Exportations: Oil, bananas, shrimp

Economical crisis in 1999 caused by many factors. El Niño weather phenomenon in 1997, a sharp drop in global oil prices in 1997-98, and international emerging market instability caused an annual year-on-year inflation 52.2% and a devaluation of the national currency of 65%.