Currency

Argentina: Argentine peso (AR$)

Bolivia: Bolivian boliviano (B$)

Brazil: Brazilian real (R$)

Chile: Chilean peso (CH$)

Colombia: Colombian peso (COP$)

Ecuador: US dollar (US$)

French Guiana: euro (€)

Guyana: Guyanese dollar (G$)

Paraguay: guaraní (G)

Peru: nuevo sol (S)

Suriname: Surinamese dollar (SR$)

Uruguay: Uruguayan peso (UR$)

Venezuela: bolívar fuerte (BsF)

Language Spoken

Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, Dutch and over 500 indigenous languages

Population

425 million

Area

18 million sq km

GDP

US$9460

Inflation

6.8%

Time

South America has five time zones, ranging from GMT minus two hours (Fernando de Noronha off Brazil's east coast) to GMT minus six hours (Easter Island and the Galapagos, off South America's west coast)