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Havana is the capital city, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. Havana's economy first developed on the basis of its location, which made it one of the early great trade centres in the New World. Sugar and a flourishing slave trade first brought riches to the city, and later, after independence, it became a renowned resort. Despite efforts by Fidel Castro's government to spread Cuba's industrial activity to all parts of the island, Havana remains the centre of much of the nation's industry.Cuba is an island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, 150 km south of Key West, Florida. Tropical; moderated by trade winds; dry season (November to April); rainy season (May to October). Mostly flat to rolling plains, with rugged hills and mountains in the southeast.The official language is Spanish. Cuban Spanish is often difficult to understand, even for Spanish speakers from other countries. For important business dealings, visitors will need to be either fluent in Spanish or have an interpreter. The main religion is Christianity.The economy of Cuba is a largely state-controlled, centrally planned economy overseen by the Cuban government, though there remains significant foreign investment and enterprise in Cuba. Most of the means of production are owned and run by the government and most of the labour force is employed by the state.The population in Havana is 2.1 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 5.5% (2014 est.).