map of the Cayman Islands CAYMAN ISLANDS

general data of the country

General useful information
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
Nation and population
official name (short form): The Cayman Islands
country code ISO: KY //; - FIPS: CJ
location: Caribbean Sea, 300 km NW of Jamaica
time zone: -5 UT
surface (land) area: 259 = 100 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North/South: 19° N / East/West: 80° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Caribbean Sea
climate: tropical Caribbean
independent since: 1959-07-04 ; 1962
type of government: crown colony of the United Kingdom
capital: Georgetown
administrative division: none
population according to the latest census (1989): 25,355
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 34,763; or: 35,000 //; 2001: 35,527, or: 39,000
population density: 137 per = 355 per sq.mi
population growth: 4,5% //; - doubling time: ca 25 years
birth rate: 14 - 15 per 1000
death rate: 4 - 5 per 1000
fertility rate: 1 child per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (in the first year of life): per 1000
infant mortality (from 1st - 4th year of life): 8 per 1000
life expectancy: 77 years (male: 74-75; female: 79-80)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: % //; - 15-59 years: % //; - 60+ years: %
urbanisation: 100% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Mixed 40%; White 20%; Black 20%
languages: English
religious affiliation: Christian
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: %
people per physician: 700
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: %
school enrolment: secondary education: %
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: %
adult literacy: 98% (male: %; female: %)
Economy and infrastructure
Economy and trade
currency: Caymanian dollar = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: %
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD 13670 per capita
import: USD per capita //; - export: USD per capita
trade: USD 5000 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: US GB
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: %
unemployment: %
tourism: 0,4 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: % //; - grass land: 8% //; - wooded area: 23% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: % //; - part of agriculture in GDP: %
agricultural products: lobsters, mussels
livestock (1000s; or: million): asses: / buffaloes: / camels: / cattle: / goats: / horses: / mules: / pigs: / poultry: / sheep:
fish catch: 125 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: % //; - part of industry in GDP: %
industrial products: banking is the main activity, if that's called an industry
mining products: none
CO2 emission per capita:
services: labour force: % //; - part of services in GDP: %
energy use (kg per capita):
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 120 km //; - of which paved: % //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: per 1000 // international license plate:
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 642 ; 762 ; 1072 per 1000 [several sources state different figures] // international dialling code: +345
ownership radio receivers: per 1000
ownership tv-sets: per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
Some physical landmarks
mountains: elevation up to 13 m; but no names of hills are found in atlantes or on maps at the disposal of the compiler
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): Malportas Pond
lakes (artificial reservoirs):
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: none
canals: none
waterfalls: none
caves: longest system: none / deepest:
islands: see the separate file of the administrative division
deserts: none
other natural features:
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
An archipelago of low-lying rocky islands surrounded by coral reefs
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA DK EV FW PW WA WB WR, and some - local national or international - statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:

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