There are very low wages in Cuba compared to other neighboring countries. In January 2020, the average monthly salary in Cuba was 740 Cuban Pesos, the equivalent of $29.60 in US Dollars.
According to PayLab, the worst-paid position in Cuba is the Nursery School Teacher who receives about 345 CUP, which is about 14 USD monthly, and the best-paid position in Cuba is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who receives about 2,828 CUP, which is slightly above 100 USD monthly.
Most Cubans want to leave the country but they need a national traveling passport to be able to travel. However, a passport costs on average five months’ salary.
Cuba reportedly imports about 80% of its food. Health and education are universal and free in Cuba, and citizens receive some basic food from the state through the so-called ‘ration book.’
Spanish is spoken in Cuba, a country that is located at the east of the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), south of both the American state of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Hispaniola (Haiti/Dominican Republic), and north of both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Havana is the largest city in Cuba.
Presently under the Cuban rationing system, children receive one quart of milk a day until they turn seven. Cuban adults receive monthly about 7 pounds of rice, 4 pounds of sugar, one pint of soybean oil, one packet of coffee, one packet of pasta, five eggs, and small quantities of chicken from the ration stores.
Cuba was a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, when Cuba was occupied by the United States and gained nominal independence as a de facto United States protectorate in 1902.
It is surprising that the standard of living in Cuba is so low because not only is it located in the neighborhood of the U.S.A, Cuba is a founding member of the United Nations, the G77, the Non-Aligned Movement, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).
Cuba has been characterized by Reporters Without Borders as one of the worst countries in the world for press freedom because there is constant censorship of information and limits to internet access.
Most residents of Cuba comprised a mixture of Spanish, African, and Taíno heritages. Cuba has a single-party authoritarian regime where political opposition is not permitted.
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