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Location: North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico
Population: 263.8 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Comparative area: About half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about one-half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly smaller than China; about 2½ times the size of Western Europe (Note: Comparisons include only the 50 states and District of Columbia)
Religions: Protestant 56 percent, Roman Catholic 28 percent, Jewish 2 percent, other 4 percent, none 10 percent (1989)
Landscape: Ranges from warm beaches of Florida and Hawaii to the frozen northlands of Alaska, and from the level Midwestern prairies to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains; the largest state is Alaska, which stretches almost as wide as the mainland United States
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1894

Source: Knight-Ridder/Tribune

News

Friday, Feb. 20: Lipinski Rallies to Beat Kwan in Women's Skating
Wednesday, Feb. 18: Bergoust, Stone Give U.S. Sweep in Aerials
Tuesday, Feb. 17: U.S. Women Beat Canada, Win Gold Medal
Wednesday, Feb. 11: Street Carves Gold Medal Win in Super-G
Wednesday, Feb. 11: Moseley Finally Strikes Gold for U.S.

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