Jamaica | Facts & Information

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  • Official name: Jamaica

    Land area: 4,181 sq mi (10,829 sq km)

    Total area: 4,244 sq mi (10,991 sq km)

    Sovereign: Queen Elizabeth II (1952)

    Governor-General: Patrick Allen (2009)

    Prime Minister: Portia Simpson-Miller (2012)

    Current government officials

    Capital: Kingston, 571,000

    Currency: Jamaican Dollar

    National Holiday: Independence Day, August 6

     

    Population: 2,930,050 (2014 est.)

    Population Change: Growth rate: 0.69%; 18.41 births/1,000 population (2017 est.); infant mortality rate: 13.69/1,000 live births;

    Life Expectancy: 73.48 years

     

    Nationality/Demonym: Jamaican

    Languages: English, Jamaican Creole

    Ethnicity/race: black 92.1%, mixed 6.1%, East Indian 0.8%, other 0.4%, unspecified 0.7% (2011 est.)

    Religions: Protestant 64.8% (includes Seventh Day Adventist 12.0%, Pentecostal 11.0%, Other Church of God 9.2%, New Testament Church of God 7.2%, Baptist 6.7%, Church of God in Jamaica 4.8%, Church of God of Prophecy 4.5%, Anglican 2.8%, United Church 2.1%, Methodist 1.6%, Revived 1.4%, Brethren .9%, and Moravian .7%), Roman Catholic 2.2%, Jehovah's Witness 1.9%, Rastafari 1.1%, other 6.5%, none 21.3%, unspecified 2.3% (2011 est.)

    Literacy rate: 87% (2011 est.)

     

    Major sources and definitions

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