Map of United States Washington D.C.

United States 2005

Yearbook 2005 USA. The beginning of President George W. Bush’s second term was marked by adversity for his Republican party. According to countryaah, Washington, D. C. is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of United States. The domestic political debate was permeated by bitter contradictions between the parties, and a […]

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Map of United Kingdom London

United Kingdom 2005

Yearbook 2005 UK. Four Britons who were imprisoned in the US Guantánamo camp in Cuba were released at the end of January. They were arrested on arrival in the UK but released the following day. The men claimed to have been tortured in the camp, something the United States On April 9, Prince Charles marries […]

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Map of United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates 2005

Yearbook 2005 United Arab Emirates. Following pressure from the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, United Arab Emirates President Khalifa ibn Zayid Al Nahyan issued a decree in July that stated that no children under the age of 18 would be allowed to work as camel jockeys in the country. In an agreement with UNICEF, the United […]

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Map of Ukraine Kiev

Ukraine 2005

Yearbook 2005 Ukraine. In January, the newly elected President Viktor Yushchenko took office. He appointed his armistice in last year’s “orange” revolution, the right-wing Liberal Yulia Tymoshenko, as new prime minister. She formed a broad coalition government with Yushchenko loyalist parties. pledged to fight corruption and to implement reforms in order to prepare Ukraine for […]

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Map of Uganda Kampala

Uganda 2005

Yearbook 2005 Uganda. As the year began, the government’s attempt to make peace with the Christian fundamentalist militia had just failed the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). In February, however, the government announced a new time-limited ceasefire to attract guerrillas to new negotiations. Some commanders gave up the fight during the year, and it was suggested […]

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Map of Tuvalu Funafuti

Tuvalu 2005

Yearbook 2005 Tuvalu. According to countryaah, Vaiaku is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Tuvalu. Three parliamentary elections during the year favored the government, which in September had a two-thirds majority for the first time in five years. The majority gave the government the opportunity to change the constitution […]

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Map of Turkmenistan Ashgabat

Turkmenistan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Turkmenistan. At the New Year, Turkmenistan signed a new agreement with Ukraine on gas deliveries, which meant significantly increased revenue for Turkmenistan. The deal came after a price dispute that threatened Ukraine’s economy since Turkmenistan closed in mid-winter by deliveries to the heavily gas-dependent country. Turkmenistan is the world’s second largest gas producer. […]

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Map of Turkey Ankara

Turkey 2005

Yearbook 2005 Turkey. After 40 years of efforts, Turkey began membership negotiations with the EU on 3 October. During the fierce discussions that led to the last of the EU Council of Ministers in Luxembourg, Austria objected to Turkey being offered full membership. Only when the EU gave Austria’s protectionist Croatia green light to start […]

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Map of Tunisia Tunis

Tunisia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Tunisia. According to countryaah, Tunis is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Tunisia. Attorney Mohamed Abbou was sentenced in May to three and a half years in prison for criticizing the treatment of prisoners in the country in an article on the Internet. The verdict prompted many […]

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Map of Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago 2005

Yearbook 2005 Trinidad and Tobago. When elections were held to the local parliament in Tobago on January 17, the ruling bourgeois party PNM (People’s National Movement) won eleven of the twelve seats. According to countryaah, Port-of-Spain is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Trinidad and Tobago. A mandate went […]

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Map of Tonga Nuku'alofa

Tonga 2005

Yearbook 2005 Tonga. According to countryaah, Nuku’alofa is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Tonga. Clive Edwards, one of the ministers who had been fired in the fall of 2004, stepped down in January, accusing Crown Prince Tupouto and his younger brother Prime Minister Lavaka ‘Ulukalala Ata of being […]

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Map of Togo Lome

Togo 2005

Yearbook 2005 Togo. According to countryaah, Lome is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Togo. President Gnassingbé Eyadéma died in a heart attack on February 5. He turned 69 and was the African leader who reigned for the longest time. He took power in a coup in 1967. The […]

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Map of Thailand Bangkok

Thailand 2005

Yearbook 2005 Thailand. According to countryaah, Bangkok is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Thailand. The parliamentary elections in January became a triumph for Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose party Thai straight Thai (‘Thais love Thais’) got just over 60% of the vote and 375 of the National Assembly’s […]

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Map of Tanzania Dodoma

Tanzania 2005

Yearbook 2005 Tanzania. According to countryaah, DDodoma is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Tanzania. The fact that Tanzania has been a democracy since 1992 was hardly noticeable in the general elections that were held in late autumn. The Revolutionary Party (Chama Cha Mapinduzi, CCM) who ruled throughout the […]

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Map of Tajikistan Dushanbe

Tajikistan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Tajikistan. Ahead of the February parliamentary elections, the opposition found it difficult to register candidates, and its election campaign was thwarted by the ruling party, which in turn gained considerable space in the media. According to countryaah, Dushanbe is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Tajikistan. Several […]

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Map of Taiwan Taipei

Taiwan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Taiwan. As a result of the December 2004 parliamentary elections, when the opposition party Nationalist Party (Guomindang, GMD) won the most seats, Taiwan got a new government in January. President Chen Shuibian appointed Frank Hsieh from his own Independent Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as prime minister. Hsieh formed a DPP-led government, but the […]

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Map of Syria Damascus

Syria 2005

Yearbook 2005 Syria. According to countryaah, Damascus is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Syria. Syria found itself increasingly isolated during the year. When Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri was assassinated in Beirut on February 14, the Lebanese opposition was quick to point out Syria and Lebanon’s pro-Syrian […]

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Map of Switzerland Bern

Switzerland 2005

Yearbook 2005 Switzerland. In June, Switzerland approved the accession to the EU’s Schengen and Dublin conventions on closer security cooperation. According to countryaah, Bern is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Switzerland. This means that Switzerland will be part of the passport-free Schengen area. Parliament had decided on accession […]

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Map of Sweden Stockholm

Sweden 2005

The breakthrough of democracy During the first two decades of the 20th century, political life was dominated by the closely intertwined issues of voting, parliamentary and defense. As early as the 1890s, an out-of-parliamentary voting rights movement with general and equal voting rights appeared on the program, with support mainly from socialists and radical liberals. […]

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Map of Suriname Paramaribo

Suriname 2005

Yearbook 2005 Suriname. According to countryaah, Paramaribo is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Suriname. Ronald Venetiaan from the New Front (NF) was re-elected for a second term on August 3. He was constitutionally elected by the 895 strong United People’s Assembly, comprised of the nation’s parliaments at all […]

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Map of Sudan Khartoum

Sudan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Sudan. According to countryaah, Khartoum is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Sudan. The agreement on a permanent ceasefire signed by the government and the South Sudanese guerrilla SPLM on New Year’s Eve 2004 was confirmed in January through a formal peace agreement. Shortly thereafter, the government […]

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Map of Sri Lanka Colombo

Sri Lanka 2005

Yearbook 2005 Sri Lanka. After the tsunami in December 2004, when more than 30,000 Sri Lankan deaths perished, there was hope that the disaster would give new impetus to the peace process between Sinhalese and Tamils, but the hopes quickly died down. According to countryaah, Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is the capital and one of the […]

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Map of Spain Madrid

Spain 2005

Yearbook 2005 Spain. At the beginning of the year, the government issued an amnesty for illegal immigrants who had been living in Spain for at least six months and had work. It was justified by the fact that the country needs manpower. According to countryaah, Madrid is the capital and one of the major cities […]

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Map of South Korea Seoul

South Korea 2005

Yearbook 2005 South Korea. For the first time in ten months, South Korea and North Korea held bilateral talks in May with the only tangible result of South Korea donating 200,000 tonnes of fertilizer to the North Koreans. At a later meeting, at ministerial level, Seoul promised food and energy assistance to the north. In […]

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Map of South Africa Cape Town

South Africa 2005

Yearbook 2005 South Africa. According to countryaah, Bloemfontein; Pretoria; Cape Town is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of South Africa. South Africa suffered its worst political crisis in 2005 since the apartheid system ceased in 1994. In June, Schabir Shaik, economic adviser to Vice President Jacob Zuma, was sentenced […]

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Map of Somalia Mogadishu

Somalia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Somalia. The peace hopes that prevailed in 2004, when a new political leadership was elected following a conference in Kenya, returned in 2005 in deep pessimism. The warlords who dominated the new government showed no interest in putting the war documents aside and cooperating politically. In principle, both the African Union and the […]

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Map of Solomon Islands Honiara

Solomon Islands 2005

Yearbook 2005 Solomon Islands. Former warlord Harold Keke was tried at the beginning of the year, accused of murdering a Catholic priest and politician. According to countryaah, Honiara is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Solomon Islands. Keke was sentenced to life imprisonment and two of his co-workers were […]

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Map of Slovenia Ljubljana

Slovenia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Slovenia. According to countryaah, Ljubljana is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Slovenia. Parliament voted in February with a large majority for ratification of the EU Treaty on a new constitution. Slovenia became the third EU country to approve the treaty, but the referendum in France in […]

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Map of Slovakia Bratislava

Slovakia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Slovakia. According to countryaah, Bratislava is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Slovakia. Slovakia’s capital Bratislava hosted a summit in February between US President George W. Bush and his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin. Land area 49,035 km² Total population 5,440,602 Residents per km² 111 Capital Bratislava (Pressburg) […]

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Map of Singapore Singapore


Yearbook 2005 Singapore. A dispute with Malaysia about land reclamation in the strait between the countries got its solution at the beginning of the year. The Hamburg court that Malaysia turned to in 2003 ruled that Singapore had the right to dry land in the strait, but that the countries had to settle for good […]

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Map of Sierra Leone Freetown

Sierra Leone 2005

Yearbook 2005 Sierra Leone. According to countryaah, Freetown is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Sierra Leone. The last approximately 2,000 UNAMSIL peacekeeping troops left Sierra Leone in December. On 31 August 2006, the UN Security Council decided to replace UNAMSIL with a civilian operation called the United Nations […]

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Map of Seychelles Victoria

Seychelles 2005

Yearbook 2005 Seychelles. In January, the government announced that the authorities should develop a warning system to minimize the damage caused by natural disasters. The reason was the tsunami in the Indian Ocean December 26, 2004. The disaster caused extensive material damage in the Seychelles, located about 500 miles from Sumatra where the severe earthquake […]

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Map of Serbia Belgrade

Serbia 2005

According to countryaah, Belgrade is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Serbia. In June 2000, the National Assembly passed a number of amendments to the Constitution, which included: implied that the president should be elected by direct popular elections and not by the National Assembly as before. The Constitution […]

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Map of Senegal Dakar

Senegal 2005

Yearbook 2005 Senegal. In January, Parliament passed a contentious law that granted amnesty to persons convicted of political crimes in 1983-2004. According to countryaah, Dakar is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Senegal. The opposition, but also parts of the ruling party alliance, criticized the law, which meant that […]

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Map of Saudi Arabia Riyadh

Saudi Arabia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Saudi Arabia. According to countryaah, Riyadh is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Saudi Arabia. King Fahd died on August 1 and was immediately succeeded by his half-brother, 82-year-old Crown Prince Abdullah, who in effect ruled the country since King Fahd suffered a brain haemorrhage in 1995. […]

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Map of Sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome

Sao Tome and Principe

Yearbook 2005 São Tomé and Príncipe. According to countryaah, Sao Tome is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Sao Tome and Principe. The prospect of finding oil under the sea in São Tomé and Príncipe’s territory began to generate large incomes but also social and political problems. Two oil […]

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Map of San Marino San Marino

San Marino 2005

Yearbook 2005 San Marino. According to countryaah, San Marino is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of San Marino. In March, San Marino’s parliament approved an agreement with the EU on the taxation of savings accounts for non-residents. In addition, a declaration of intent was adopted with the aim of […]

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Map of Samoa Apia

Samoa 2005

Yearbook 2005 Samoa. According to countryaah, Apia is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Samoa. Samoa is often hit by tropical hurricanes, and in February the capital of the Apia was feared to get in the way of the powerful Hurricane Olaf. But Samoa avoided a direct hit and […]

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Map of Saint Lucia Castries

Saint Lucia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Saint Lucia. In the spring, the CARICOM countries, which include Saint Lucia, installed the new Caribbean Court of Justice, which will settle disputes between Member States of the Caribbean Cooperation Organization and possibly replace the British Privy Council as the highest court in the country. According to countryaah, Castries is the capital and […]

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