Jamaica

Map of Jamaica
Flag of Jamaica

Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometres in length and as much as 80 kilometres in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. It is about 145 kilometres south of Cuba, and 190 kilometres (120 mi) west of the island of Hispaniola, on which Haiti and the Dominican Republic are situated. Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning the "Land of Wood and Water", or the "Land of Springs". Jamaica is the third most populous anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. Concentrations of expatriate Jamaicans are large in a number of cities in the United States, including New York City, Buffalo, the Miami metro area, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Washington, D.C, Philadelphia, Hartford and Los Angeles. In Canada, the Jamaican population is centred in Toronto, and there are smaller communities in cities such as Hamilton, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa. In the United Kingdom, Jamaican communities exist in most large cities where they make up the larger part of the British-Caribbean community.

Established
1962-08-06
Joined Commonwealth
1962
Capital City
Kingston
Demonym
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Country motto
"Out of many, one people"
Size
4,244 square miles.
Population
2825928
Population density
Based on figures from 2008.
252 per square kilometre. (World ranking: 49)
GDP
At purchasing power parity based on figures from 2008
$21570000000 (World ranking:121)
Human Development Index
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0.736 (World ranking:101)
Currency Code
JMD
Country calling code
1 876
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