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Jamaica Facts & Figures

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Total area: 4,244 sq mi (10,991 sq km)
Population (2009 est.): 2,825,928
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Kingston, 937,700 (metro. area)
Currency: Jamaican dollar
Languages: English, Jamaican Creole
Religions: Protestant 61.3%, Roman Catholic 4%, other 34.7%
Time zone: GMT-5, DST is not observed
Electricity: there is no standard in Jamaica; it can be AC 220V or 110V, 50Hz or 60Hz, with American or British plugs, depending on the location


Jamaica Grande
photo by drexston
Jamaica is an island country in the Caribbean Sea, located 145 km (90 miles) south of Cuba and 161 km (100 miles) west of Haiti (the island of Hispanola). The island of Jamaica - the third-largest in the Caribbean - is 234 km (145 miles) longs and 80 km (50 miles) wide. It consists of coastal lowlands, a limestone plateau and a mountain range of volcanic origin - Blue Mountains, with the highest peak Blue Mountain Peak, at 2256 m (7402 ft).

Jamaica is a very popular tourist destination offering excellent facilities and resorts, beaches, world-class reefs for scuba divers, various activities and attractions, vibrant nightlife, reggae music, superb golf courses as well as pristine nature with variety of fauna and flora or magnificent waterfalls; not to mention the world's best coffee.






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