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 CAYMANIAN POLITICAL
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Background: The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries, and were administered by Jamaica after 1863. In 1959, the islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies, but when the Federation dissolved in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British dependency.
 
 
Common Name: Cayman Islands Local Official Name: Cayman Islands
Abbreviated Name: Cayman Islands Official Name: Cayman Islands
Official Script Name: Cayman Islands Local Common Name: Cayman Islands
Former Name: Cayman Islands Territory of: NA
 
Head of State: Queen ELIZABETH II
 
Government Type: British crown colony
 
Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)
 
Constitution: 1959, revised 1962, 1972, and 1994
 
National Holiday: Constitution Day, first Monday in July
 
International Organization Participation: Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU
 
Administrative Divisions: 8 districts; Creek, Eastern, Midland, South Town, Spot Bay, Stake Bay, West End, Western
 
Dependent Areas: NA
 
Legal System: British common law and local statutes
 
Suffrage: 18 years
 
Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches: Executive Branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); Governor Stuart JACK (since 23 November 2005) head of government: Leader of Government Business Kurt TIBBETTS (since 18 May 2005) cabinet: Executive Council (three members appointed by the governor, four members elected by the Legislative Assembly) elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the governor is appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or coalition is appointed by the governor Leader of Government Business Legislative Branch: unicameral Legislative Assembly (18 seats, 3 appointed members from the Executive Council and 15 elected by popular vote; members serve four-year terms) elections: last held 11 May 2005 (next to be held in 2009) election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PPM 9, UDP 5, independent 1 Judicial Branch: Summary Court; Grand Court; Cayman Islands Court of Appeal
 
Party Leaders: no national teams (loose groupings of political organizations) were formed for the 2000 elections; United Democratic Party or UDP [leader McKeeva BUSH]; People's Progressive Movement or PPM [leader Kurt TIBBETTS]
 
International Disputes: NA
 
Illicit Drugs: offshore financial center; vulnerable to drug transshipment to the US and Europe  
 
 
 CAYMANIAN GEOGRAPHY
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Location of Cayman Islands: Caribbean, three island (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) group in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica
 
Continent: North America Land Area Total: 262 sq km 
Region: Caribbean Land Area Land: 262 sq km
Capitol City: George Town Land Area Water: 0 sq km
      
Latitude: 019 30 N Border Boundary Land: 0 km
Longitude: 080 30 W Border Boundary Coastline: 160 km 
  
Arable Land: 3.85 % Pastures: 0.00 %
Crops: 0.00 % Woodlands and Forests: 0.00
  
Highest Elevation: 43 m Location: The Bluff (Cayman Brac)
Lowest Elevation: 0 m Location: Caribbean Sea
  
Largest City in Cayman Islands: Largest City Population: 0
  
Threatened Species: 0
 
Environmental Issues: no natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies must be met by rainwater catchments
 
Environmental Agreements: NA
 
Irrigated Land: 0
 
Bordering Countries: NA
 
Natural Resources: fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism
 
Geographical Terrain: low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs
 
Comparative Area of Cayman Islands: 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC
 
Cayman Islands's Geography: important location between Cuba and Central America
 

 CAYMANIAN CLIMATE
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General Climate: tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April)
 
Natural Hazards: hurricanes (July to November)
 
 
 CAYMANIAN ECONOMY
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Economic Overview: With no direct taxation, the islands are a thriving offshore financial center. More than 40,000 companies were registered in the Cayman Islands as of 1998, including almost 600 banks and trust companies; banking assets exceed $500 billion. A stock exchange was opened in 1997. Tourism is also a mainstay, accounting for about 70% of GDP and 75% of foreign currency earnings. The tourist industry is aimed at the luxury market and caters mainly to visitors from North America. Total tourist arrivals exceeded 1.2 million in 1997, with 600,000 from the US. About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported. The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world.
 
 
GDP: $1,939,000,000 USD Currency: Caymanian dollar
GDP per Capita: $43,800 USD Currency Code: KYD
GDP Growth Rate: 0.90 %
  
Currency Exchange Rate History: Caymanian dollars per US dollar - 0.82 (29 October 2001), 0.83 (3 November 1995), 0.85 (22 November 1993)
  
  
GDP of Agriculture: 1.40 % GDP of Industry: 3.20 %
GDP of Services: 95.40 %  
   
Inflation Rate: 4.40 % Population in Poverty: 0.00 %
Unemployment Rate: 4.10 % Tourism: 0.00 visitors each year
   
Consumption by lowest 10%: 0.00 % Budget Revenue in USD: $423,800,000 USD
Consumption by upper 10%: 0.00 % Budget Expenditures in USD: $392,600,000 USD
   
Electricity Production: 441,900,000 kWh Electricity Exports: 0 kWh
Electricity Consumption: 411,000,000 kWh Electricity Imports: 0 kWh

Electricity Production by Source:
 
Fossil Fuel Electricity Production: 100.00% Nuclear Electricity Production: 0.00%
Hydro Electricity Production: 0.00% Other Electricity Production: 0.00%
   
Oil Production: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Production: 0 cu m
Oil Consumption: 2,450 barrels per day Natural Gas Consumption: 0 cu m
Oil Exports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Exports: 0 cu m
Oil Imports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Imports: 0 cu m
Proven Oil Reserves: 0 barrels Proven Natural Gas Reserves: 0 cu m
   
External Debt: $70,000,000 USD Received in economic aid: $390,000 USD
  Donated in economic aid: $0 USD
   
Agricultural Products: vegetables, fruit; livestock, turtle farming
 
Primary Industries: tourism, banking, insurance and finance, construction, construction materials, furniture
 
Industrial Growth Rate: 0.00 %
  
  
Import Amount in USD: $866,900,000 USD - foodstuffs, manufactured goods
 
Import Partners: US, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, Netherlands Antilles, Japan
 
Export Amount in USD: $2,520,000 USD - turtle products, manufactured consumer goods
 
Export Partners: mostly US
 
    
GINI Index: 0.00%
 
Labor Force Number of People: 23,450
 
Labor Force by Occupations: agriculture 1.4%, industry 12.6%, services 86%
 
  
 CAYMANIAN COMMUNICATIONS
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Radio Broadcast Stations: 5 Number of People with Radios: 36,000
Television Broadcast Stations: 4 Number of People with Televisions: 7,000
Number of People with Mainline Telephones: 38,000 Number of People with Mobile Phones: 17,000
 
Internet Service Providers: 8,611 Internet Users: 9,909
 
Internet Country Code: .ky Newspapers: 0
Two Letter Country Code: CJ Weights and Measures:
Phone Country Code: 1-345 Electricity Voltage: 120 Volts
  
Telephone Systems: general assessment: reasonably good system domestic: liberalization of telecom market in 2003 reflected in falling prices and improving services international: country code - 1-345; 2 submarine fiber optic cables (Maya-1, Cayman-Jamaica); satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
 
  
 CAYMANIAN TRANSPORTATION
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Highways: 785 km Railways: 0 km
Gas And Oil Pipelines: 0 km Waterways: 0 km
Airports: 2 Heliports: 0
 
Motor Vehicles: 0 per 1,000 people CO2 Emissions: 0 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  Per capita CO2 emissions: 0.00 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  
Merchant Marines: total: 132 ships (1000 GRT or over) 2,746,290 GRT/4,366,790 DWT by type: bulk carrier 32, cargo 14, chemical tanker 42, liquefied gas 1, passenger 1, petroleum tanker 14, refrigerated cargo 23, roll on/roll off 3, specialized tanker 1, vehicle carrier 1 foreign-owned: 130 (Denmark 5, Germany 13, Greece 21, Italy 12, Japan 1, Malaysia 1, Netherlands 4, Norway 2, Philippines 1, Singapore 10, Sweden 9, UK 10, US 41)
 
Ports and Harbors: Cayman Brac, George Town
 
  
 CAYMANIAN PEOPLE
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Population: 45,436 people type - nationality Birth Rate: 12.74 births per 1,000 people
Population Density: 0.00 people per sq km Death Rate: 4.89 deaths per 1,000 people
Population Growth: 2.56% per year Fertility Rate per Women: 1.90 babies born per woman
 
Population Male 0-14: 4,708 Population Female 0-14: 4,700
Population Male 15-64: 15,707 Population Female 15-64: 16,504
Population Male 65+: 1,793 Population Female 65+: 2,024
 
Population 0-14: 20.70% Literacy Rate: 98.00%
Population 15-64: 70.90% Literacy rate of Males: 98.00%
Population 65+: 8.40% Literacy rate of Females: 98.00%
 
Population that is Male: 48.00 % Population that is Female: 52.00%
Life expectancy at birth in years: 80.07 years Infant mortality rate - baby deaths per 1000 births: 8.00 Babies die per 1,000 births
Life expectancy at birth for Males: 77.45 years Life expectancy at birth for Females: 82.74 years
 
Rate of AIDS/HIV infection: 0.00% Number of people living with AIDS or HIV: 0
Number of people who died of AIDS: 0
   
Disease Risk:
 
Diseases:
 
Net Migration Rate per 1,000 people: 17.78
 
Nationality: CAYMANIAN
 
Ethnic Groups: mixed 40%, white 20%, black 20%, expatriates of various ethnic groups 20% 
 
  
Primary Language: English
 
Other Languages: English
 
 
Primary Religion: United Church
 
Other Religions: United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
 
  
 CAYMANIAN MILITARY
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Branches: no regular indigenous military forces; Royal Cayman Islands Police Force (RCIPF) (defense is the responsibility of the UK)
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: NA years
 
Manpower Available: 10,703 People
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 8,600 People
 
Amount of Manpower Available each Year: 257 People per year
 
Expenditures: $0 USD per year
 
Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 0.00
 
 
Note: Phrasebase uses a variety of sources when compiling the facts and information presented above. This information is continually updated throughout the year.
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