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Capital City: Sacramento
Population: 35,037,000 (2002) Over 40 million projected by 2010
Area: 155,959 square miles (2000 Census)
Economy: Tourism, entertainment, communications, industry, agriculture, manufacturing and fishing.
Language Description: English
Passport/Visa U.S.: Canadians need to show proof of citizenship (including a photo ID) to enter and re-enter Canada. (We recommend a passport.) Reconfirm travel documents with your carrier before departure.
Population: 33,871,648
Religion: Christian (Protestant and Roman Catholic) but most other religions are represented.
Major Sectors and Products: Information Technology (Computers, Electronics, Software), Food and Agriculture, Aerospace, Tourism, Media and Entertainment, Medical Equipment, Environmental Technology, Biotechnology, Wireless Communications, High Technology, Waste and Scrap, Chemicals, Electrical Equipment and Components, Machinery, and Consumer Products
Time Zone: 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-8 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October
Voltage Requirements: 110 volts

On The Internet
California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency Homepage, with specific information on:
California Economic Facts and Statistics
California Investment Guide
Foreign Direct Investment in California
Setting up Business in California: A Guide for Foreign Investors
Federal Investor Visa Program
California Business Licenses, Permits and Registration:
http://www.calgold.ca.gov
California Location Handbook: 
http://www.edd.ca.gov/
California State Employment Tax Rates, Allowances & Withholding Schedules. For Employers / Small Business: 
http://www.edd.ca.gov/ 
Wage Rates: 
http://www.naftz.org
California Public Utilities Commission: 
http://www.cpuc.ca.gov 
Education:
 http://www.cpec.ca.gov/
Word Bank:
http://www.worldbank.com
California Department of Food and Agriculture:
http://www.calagexport.com