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Introduction Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by British during 18th and 19th centuries. Administered by Jamaica since 1863, they remained a British dependency after 1962 when former became independent.
Geography Cayman Islands
Caribbean, island group in Caribbean Sea, nearly one-half of way from Cuba to Honduras
Geographic coordinates:
19 30 N, 80 30 W
Map references:
Central America and Caribbean
total: 262 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 262 sq km
Area - comparative:
1.5 times size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries:
0 km
160 km
Maritime claims:
exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
territorial sea: 12 NM
tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April)
low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: Bluff 43 m
Natural resources:
fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism
Land use:
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (1998 est.)
Irrigated land:
NA sq km
Natural hazards:
hurricanes (July to November)
Environment - current issues:
no natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies must be met by rainwater catchments
Geography - note:
important location between Cuba and Central America
People Cayman Islands
Total Population:
41,934 (July 2003 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 years: 21.6% (male 4,525; female 4,541)
15-64 years: 70.6% (male 14,463; female 15,157)
65 years and over: 7.7% (male 1,515; female 1,733) (2003 est.)
Median age:
total: 36.1 years
male: 35.8 years
female: 36.4 years (2002)
Population growth rate:
2.79% (2003 est.)
Birth rate:
13.33 births/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Death rate:
4.7 deaths/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Net migration rate:
19.27 migrant(s)/1,000 population
note: major destination for Cubans trying to migrate to US (2003 est.)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.02 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.87 male(s)/female
Population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2003 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
total: 8.64 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 7.35 deaths/1,000 live births (2003 est.)
male: 9.9 deaths/1,000 live births
Life Expectancy:
Population: 79.67 years
male: 77.08 years
female: 82.3 years (2003 est.)
Total fertility rate:
1.91 children born/woman (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
noun: Caymanian(s)
adjective: Caymanian
Ethnic groups:
mixed 40%, white 20%, black 20%, expatriates of various ethnic groups 20%
United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
Population: 98%
male: 98%
female: 98% (1970 est.)
Government Cayman Islands
Country name:
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Cayman Islands
Dependency status:
overseas territory of UK
Government type:
British crown colony
George Town
Administrative divisions:
8 districts; Creek, Eastern, Midland, South Town, Spot Bay, Stake Bay, West End, Western
none (overseas territory of UK)
National holiday:
Constitution Day, first Monday in July
1959, revised 1972 and 1992
Legal system:
British common law and local statutes
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch:
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); Governor Bruce DINWIDDY (since 29 May 2002)
elections: none; monarch is hereditary; governor is appointed by monarch; chief secretary is appointed by governor
head of government: Chief Secretary W. McKeeva BUSH (since NA December 2001)
cabinet: Executive Council (three members appointed by governor, four members elected by Legislative Assembly)
Legislative branch:
unicameral Legislative Assembly (18 seats, three appointed members from Executive Council and 15 elected by popular vote; members serve four-year terms)
elections: last held 8 November 2000 (next to be held NA November 2004)
election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - NA
Judicial branch:
Summary Court; Grand Court; Cayman Islands Court of Appeal
Political parties and leaders:
there are no formal political parties but following loose groupings act as political organizations; National Team [leader NA]; Democratic Alliance [leader NA]; Team Cayman [leader NA]; United Democratic Party [leader NA]
Political pressure groups and leaders:
International organization participation:
Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, UNESCO (associate)
Diplomatic representation in US:
none (overseas territory of UK)
Diplomatic representation from US:
none (overseas territory of UK)
Flag description:
blue, with flag of UK in upper hoist-side quadrant and Caymanian coat of arms centered on outer half of flag; coat of arms includes a pineapple and turtle above a shield with three stars (representing three islands) and a scroll at bottom bearing motto HE HATH FOUNDED IT UPON SEAS
Economy Cayman Islands
Economy - overview:
With no direct taxation, islands are a thriving offshore financial center. More than 40,000 companies were registered in Cayman Islands as of 1998, includes almost 600 banks and trust companies; banking assets exceed $500 billion. A stock exchange previously opened in 1997. Tourism is also a mainstay, accounting for about 70% of GDP and 75% of foreign currency earnings. tourist industry is aimed at luxury market and caters mainly to visitors from North America. Total tourist arrivals exceeded 1.2 million in 1997, with 600,000 from US. About 90% of islands' food and consumer goods must be imported. Caymanians enjoy one of highest outputs per capita and one of highest standards of living in world.
buying power parity - $1.27 billion (2002 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:
1.7% (2002 est.)
GDP - per capita:
buying power parity - $35,000 (2002 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 1.4%
industry: 3.2%
services: 95.4% (1994 est.)
Population below poverty line:
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
2.8% (2002)
Labor force:
19,820 (1995)
Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture 1.4%, industry 12.6%, services 86% (1995)
Unemployment rate:
4.1% (1997)
revenues: $265.2 million
expenditures: $248.9 million, includes capital expenditures of $NA (1997)
tourism, banking, insurance and finance, construction, construction materials, furniture
Industrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:
381.9 million kWh (2001)
Electricity - production by source:
fossil fuel: 100%
hydro: 0%
other: 0% (2001)
nuclear: 0%
Electricity - consumption:
355.2 million kWh (2001)
Electricity - exports:
0 kWh (2001)
Electricity - imports:
0 kWh (2001)
Oil - production:
0 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - consumption:
2,400 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - exports:
NA (2001)
Oil - imports:
NA (2001)
Agriculture - products:
vegetables, fruit; livestock, turtle farming
$1.2 million (1999)
Exports - commodities:
turtle products, manufactured consumer goods
Exports - partners:
mostly US
$457.4 million (1999)
Imports - commodities:
foodstuffs, manufactured goods
Imports - partners:
US, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, Netherlands Antilles, Japan
Debt - external:
$70 million (1996)
Economic aid - recipient:
Caymanian dollar (KYD)
Currency code:
Exchange rates:
Caymanian dollars per US dollar - 0.82 (29 October 2001), 0.83 (3 November 1995), 0.85 (22 November 1993)
Fiscal year:
1 April - 31 March
Communications Cayman Islands
Telephones - main lines in use:
19,000 (1995)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
2,534 (1995)
Telephone system:
general assessment: NA
domestic: NA
international: 1 submarine coaxial cable; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 1, FM 5, shortwave 0 (1998)
36,000 (1997)
Television broadcast stations:
1 with cable system
7,000 (1997)
Internet country code:
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
16 (2000)
Internet users:
Transportation Cayman Islands
0 km
total: 785 km
paved: 785 km (2000)
Ports and harbors:
Cayman Brac, George Town
Merchant marine:
total: 123 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 2,402,058 GRT/3,792,094 DWT
ships by type: bulk 22, cargo 5, chemical tanker 31, container 2, liquefied gas 1, petroleum tanker 21, refrigerated cargo 35, roll on/roll off 5, specialized tanker 1
note: includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: Bahrain 2, China 1, Germany 4, Greece 27, Hong Kong 3, Italy 2, Japan 1, Norway 14, Sweden 13, United Kingdom 15, United States 35 (2002 est.)
3 (2002)
Airports - with paved runways:
total: 2
1,524 to 2,437 m: 2 (2002)
Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2002)
Military Cayman Islands
Military branches:
no regular indigenous military forces; Royal Cayman Islands Police Force (RCIPF)
Military - note:
defense is responsibility of UK
Transnational Issues Cayman Islands
Disputes - international:
Illicit drugs:
offshore financial center; vulnerable to drug transshipment to US and Europe