Some quick facts about Alaska to help you plan your trip and brush up on your Alaskan trivia.
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There are about 700,000 people in Alaska, nearly half of which live in the Anchorage metropolitan area. With it’s small population and huge land mass, Alaska is by far the least densely populated of the fifty United States.
Citizens of many foreign countries will need to obtain a visa to enter the United States, through Alaska or any other entry point. If you live in one of the following countries, however, you can visit for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes without a visa as part of the Visa Waiver Program: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The largest state in the US, Alaska covers an area of over 660,000 square miles (1.7 million square kilometers). It is over twice the size of Texas, the next largest state. Alaska also contains more miles of shoreline than the entire rest of the United States combined.
Like the rest of the United States, the official currency in Alaska is the US Dollar ($).
Though there is no official state language in Alaska, the residents of the state speak mostly English. Due to a large number of native Alaskan communities, about 5% of Alaska’s population primarily speaks an Alaska native language.
Electricity and Plugs
The United States, including Alaska, uses the 110V 60Hz electrical system, and the plugs are of two varieties – one with two parallel flat pieces with a circular grounding pin beneath them, and another with just the two flat pieces and no grounding pin.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Emergency – 911