About New Courland

New Courland, officially the Duchy of New Courland, is a country in the Caribbean, close to Trinidad and Tobago. Originally a colony of the duchy of Courland and Semigallia (together with a part of Tobago), it was occupied by several other colonial powers, including the Dutch and the Spanish, before it became part of the British Empire in 1814 as part of the Trinidad and Tobago colony; the main island of New Courland was renamed 'Carolina'. In the interbellum and after the second world war, many Latvians and Lithuanians settled on Carolina and when the colony became independent in 1962, Carolina left Trinidad and Tobago, forming its own duchy within the Commonwealth of Nations.

PEOPLE
Surface
: ca. 450 km2
Inhabitants
: 171,604 (1-1-2017)
Population density: ca. 381.34 inhabitants/km2
Official holiday
: 15 September
Languages: English (official), Latvian, Spanish, Lithuanian, African and South Asian languages, Carib, French, Welsh, etc.
Religion: Anglicanism (28.7%), Evangelical Lutheranism (26.2%), Roman Catholicism (17.5%), Hinduism (8%), Islam (5%).
Universities: Louise Charlotte (1963)

POLITICS
Official name: Duchy of New Courland
Form of government
: constitutional monarch
Capital: Louise Charlotte (ca. 61,000 inhabitants)
Administrative division: eight municipalities
Parliament: unicameral parliament of 29 members called the 'Diet'
Main political parties: Progress and Development Party (PDP), Conservative Party (CP), Social Consideration Party (SCP), Independence Party (IP), Labour Party (LP), and Constructive Vision (CV) currently have seats in the Diet.

Head of state: duchess Elizabeth (= queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain), since 1962; she is normally represented in New Courland by a Governor General
Governor General
: sir Satyavant Bhandare, since 2013
Head of government
: Laila Miró-Rozenberga (PDP), since 2015
Minister of foreign affairs: Andrejs Berķis (PDP), since 2013

FOREIGN RELATIONS
Member of FICT
: since 2 May 2015
Member of other organisations: (among others), UN, Commonwealth of Nations, Caricom, Exumbran Convention, OAS

Ambassador to FICT: Natālija Mauriņa, since 11 May 2015
Diplomatic relations with FICT member states:
 
▪ Adzhatia: mr. Jānis Freivalds, since 1 October 2012 (based in Riga, Latvia)
  ▪ Amargo: mr. Leo Crowley, since 1 January 2014 (based in Moscow, Russia)
  ▪ Guelphia: mr. Marc Everard, since 1 October 2012 (based in Canberra, Australia)
  ▪ Harrawi: mr. Kaspar Kauper, since 1 October 2012
  ▪ Île de Romanhe: mr. Kaspar Kauper, since 1 October 2012 (based in Oryaa, Harrawi)
  ▪ Kaupelan: ms. Natālija Mauriņa, since 11 May 2015
  ▪ Republic of MAS: mr. Kaspar Kauper, since 1 October 2012 (based in Oryaa, Harrawi)
  ▪ Pannonia: mr. Jānis Freivalds, since 1 October 2012 (based in Riga, Latvia)
  ▪ Tarmorya: mr. Kaspar Kauper, since 1 October 2012 (based in Oryaa, Harrawi)
 
Voskia: ms. Elspeth Sendall-Carter, since 1 June 2015 (based in Brussels, Belgium)
 
Yukland: ms. Elspeth Sendall-Carter, since 1 June 2015 (based in Brussels, Belgium)
 
Yutyrama: ms. Sabina Krieva-Véliz, since 1 October 2014 (based in Brasilia, Brazil)

ECONOMY
GDP
: $2,695.38 million = $15,707 per capita (est. 2016)

Currency: Thaler, divided in 100 Groats
Inflation: 0.5% (2016)
Unemployment: 4.6% (2016)
Working population: agriculture: 9.2%; industry: 40.4%; services: 50.4%
Export:
petroleum (products), LNG, ethanol, steel products, cereal (products), sugar, cocoa, coffee, citrus fruit, vegetables, flowers
Import: machinery, transportation equipment, manufactured goods, food, chemicals, live animals
Main partners: USA, EU, South American Nations, China, Canada
Main businesses: t.b.d.

Main newspapers:
New Courland Observer, The Louise Charlotte Daily, The Voice of New Courland

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
Highest mountain
: Mount Elizabeth (815 m.)
Climate: tropical

OTHER
Time zone
: UTC -4
Website: http://www.dulminis.nl/dnc/
Internet extension
: .dn
Car code: DNC
National anthem:
Flag: