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Jamaica Country Profile

Known for its strong sense of self identity expressed through its music, food and rich cultural mix, Jamaica's influence extends far beyond its shores. Since independence from Britain in 1962, power in Jamaica has alternated between the social-democratic People's National Party and the conservative Jamaica Labour Party.

Full name: Jamaica

Population: 2.7 million (UN, 2010)

Capital: Kingston

Area: 10,991 sq km (4,243 sq miles)

Major language: English (official), English patois

Major religion: Christianity

Life expectancy: 70 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)

Monetary unit: 1 Jamaican dollar = 100 cents

Main exports: Bauxite, alumina, garments, sugar, bananas, rum

GNI per capita: US $4,990 (World Bank, 2009)

Internet domain: .jm

International dialling code: + 1876

Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II

 

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